Apogon atradorsatus

Blacktip cardinalfish
Apogon atradorsatus
Apogon atradorsatus, Galapagos, Ecuador, Photo: Graham Edgar


Tropical Eastern Pacific


Dark red/orange with dark tips on dorsal, anal and tail fins. Hides in caves and under ledges during the day, feeding in the open at night.


Max Size: 9 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 20.4-29.8°C

Depth: 3-46m

Habitat Generalization Index: 8.67

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Widespread (67.6% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Large aggregations (932 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields