Siphamia corallicola Allen, 1993
Coral siphonfish
Siphamia corallicola
photo by Allen, G.R.

 Family:  Apogonidae (Cardinalfishes), subfamily: Apogoninae
 Max. size:  3.05 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 6 - 22 m
 Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Philippines and Malaysia south to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Probably occurs widely in the Indo-Malay and Melanesian archipelagos but has thus far escaped detection because of its small size and cryptic behavior.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Description: Characterized by large red-brown blotches covering head and body; base of caudal fin covered with narrow silver spaces and faint dark spots; incomplete lateral line with 6-13 tubed scales; pattern of scattered dark brown dots on light organ; greatest depth of body 2.6-3.1 in SL (Ref. 90102).
 Biology:  Inhabits sheltered waters of lagoons and coastal inlets. Often seen in groups of approximately 30-40 individuals, hovering over pocilloporid coral Seriatopora hystrix (Ref. 11890).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 27.08.96
 Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 22.07.13

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