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Free Content Apogon robbyi, a New Cardinalfish (Perciformes: Apogonidae) from the Caribbean Sea

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Apogon robbyi, a new species of cardinal fish, is described from a total of 33 specimens from Belize, Isla Providencia (east of Nicaragua), and Jamaica. It is morphologically most similar to Apogon quadrisquamatus, and is known to occur sympatrically with that species in Belize. A. robbyi differs from A. quadrisquamatus in having a distinctively striped pigmentation pattern, a large well-defined caudal spot, and in several morphometric features, most notably a proportionally narrower interorbital space and a smaller orbit. A. robbyi has been found in a wide variety of habitats, including grass fiats, partially open sand bottoms around the bases of finger and globose sponges, tentacles of anemones, inside live conch shells, and around coral reefs and high relief structures such as artificial reefs at depths of from 1 to 30 m.

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Publication date: July 1, 1997

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