Cheilodipterus_isostigmus & Eviota bifasciata
Diver's Lodge House Reef, Lembeh.
The Dog-Toothed Cardinalfish is the bigger fish cruising by in the upper left. The small ones are Eviota bifasciata, already introduced in a previous posting. The cardinalfish eats smaller fishes so I wonder if he was stalking the school of Eviota or they are still not small enough for him.
Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 8. Distinguished externally from C. quinquelineatus by the position of the basicaudal spot which is in line with the mid-lateral stripe, and internally by having canine teeth at the end of the lower jaw.
Occurs in lagoon reefs to depths of at least 12 m. Usually in small groups among staghorn corals. Often collected with C. quinquelineatus, but tends to prefer deeper areas. Feeds on small.. more