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Updated 3/26/2018

Family Apogonidae


Pristiapogon kallopterus

Vava'u, Tonga, 6 feet

Juvenile, Kailua Pier, Hawaii, 30 feet


Night color, Makaha, Oahu, 30 feet

Kea'au, Oahu, 50 feet


Poloa, Am. Samoa, 25 feet

Mokuleia, Oahu, 100 feet


Ke Iki Beach, Oahu, 20 feet


Subadult, Firehouse, Oahu, 20 feet

Juvenile, Waianae, Oahu, 50 feet

Kaiaka Wall, Oahu, 75 feet


Common on sandy reefs taking shelter in dark holes by day, emerging at night to feed upon zooplankton.  Diffuse brown eye band fades toward tail, dark spot on caudal peduncle, yellow leading edge of dorsal fin.  Displays an iridescent silver cast at night. Faint stripes on fins may be present but never black as found on the larger Bandfin Cardinalfish.  Attains 6 inches.  Red Sea to Hawai'i and Pitcairn Island.  Formerly known as Apogon kallopterus.