Ghost cardinalfish
  • Apogon savayensis
  • EnglishName: Ghost cardinalfish
  • Local Name : Loabodu bureki
  • Size : Max. 10 cm
  • Family: Order : Specimen
  • Distinctive Characters: First dorsal fin with 7 spines, second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 9 rays. Anal fin with 2 spines and 8 rays. Pectoral fin with 13 rays. Body depth 2.7 in standard length. A broad body. Ridge of preopercle smooth; margin finely serrated. Post-orbital of head is almost equal to half eye diameter. First dorsal spine short. Pectoral fin longer than pelvic fin. Colour: Overall coppery or silvery with a dark saddle on upper half of caudal fin base and wedge shaped bar below eye. Upper part of first dorsal fin black. Second dorsal and anal fin dusky. Caudal lobes darker than the rest of the tail.
  • Habitat and Biology: Usually seen among the stag-horn coral. Nocturnal in habit. Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Apogon savayensis is one of a complex of three very similar species found in the Maldives. One of the others is Apogen guamensis and third has not yet been scientifically described. Previously recorded in the genus Ostorhynchus in the Catalogue of Fishes of the Maldives, Vol. 1, page 20.