narrowstripe cardinalfish

Scientific name Pristiapogon exostigma
Descriptor Jordan & Starks
Year of description 1906
IUCN category LC
Family Apogonidae
Genus Pristiapogon
Pristiapogon exostigma Pristiapogon exostigma


Pristiapogon exostigma, commonly known as narrowstripe cardinalfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    9 cm
  • Maximum size
    12 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    rayure horizontale
  • Average size
    9 cm
  • Maximum size
    12 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    rayure horizontale

How to recognize the narrowstripe cardinalfish ?

The narrowstripe cardinalfish measures between 9 and 12 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly gris body. The also has noir rayure horizontale.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The narrowstripe cardinalfish is a fish solitary naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous . This fish lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. It can also be virulent toward conspecifics. However, the narrowstripe cardinalfish has little concern for non-territorial animals.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare incubateur buccal

The narrowstripe cardinalfish is a fish ovipare incubateur buccal.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    3 - 120 m

Biotope presentation

The narrowstripe cardinalfish is most often found at a depth between 3m and 120m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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