View Full Version : DD: Compressus Cardinals?

05/07/2009, 08:38 PM

Kevin, are you sure these aren't A. sealei? They look different from every A. compressus I've seen.

05/07/2009, 08:54 PM

Thank you for your post. We are referring to page 343 of the World Atlas of Marine Fishes by Rudie H Kuiter and Helmut Debelius, and the Apogon sealei pictured has a different set of markings than the trio on our Diver’s Den listing. We will be checking with our Aquaculture Coral and Marine Life Facility to further verify the identification of the Apogon compressus trio on our Diver’s Den. Once we receive additional information, we will be posting it here.

Mike S.
LiveAquaria (http://www.liveaquaria.com)
Drs. Foster and Smith (http://www.drsfostersmith.com)

05/07/2009, 10:11 PM
I believe Matt is correct.

Here is a typical A. compressus.

05/08/2009, 09:35 AM

Thank you for bringing the incorrect identification to our attention. You are correct, they are not Apogon compressus, but are instead Apogon chrysopomus (spotgill cardinal).

A. chrysopomus and A. sealei look very much alike, but A. chrysopomus has yellow spots on the gill cover while A. sealei has 2 short vertical bars on the gill cover.

Once again thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Steve Krogh
Assistant Director of LiveAquaria
Drs. Foster and Smith

05/09/2009, 07:34 AM
Thanks Steve!

Great info. I think it is awesome that LA/DD is so concerned about proper Latin names and getting the correct ID. Many places would just call it "sp." and be done.

Thanks again, Matt.