Phantom Cardinalfish, Lachneratus phasmaticus Fraser & Struhsaker 1991

A Phantom Cardinalfish, Lachneratus phasmaticus, at Kona, Hawaii. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

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Phantom Cardinalfish, Lachneratus phasmaticus Fraser & Struhsaker 1991

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Coral Sea near Osprey Reef, Queensland. A nocturnal species inhabiting caves and crevices during the day.

Species Citation

Lachneratus phasmaticus Fraser & Struhsaker 1991, Copeia 1991(3): 719, figs 1-2. Type locality: Kona coast at cave on north side of Ka'u Loa Point, 20-30 metres back from entrance, Hawaiian Islands. 


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Phantom Cardinalfish, Lachneratus phasmaticus Fraser & Struhsaker 1991


Fraser, T.H. & Struhsaker, P.J. 1991. A new genus and species of cardinalfish (Apogonidae) from the Indo-West Pacific, with a key to Apogonine genera. Copeia 1991(3): 718-722 

Kuiter, R.H. & Kozawa, T. 2019. Cardinalfishes of the world. New edition. Seaford, Victoria: Aquatic Photographics and Okazaki, Aichi, Japan: Anthias, Nexus: 1-198.

Mabuchi, K., Fraser, T.H., Song, H., Azuma, Y. & Nishida, M. 2014. Revision of the systematics of the cardinalfishes (Percomorpha: Apogonidae) based on molecular analyses and comparative reevaluation of morphological characters. Zootaxa 3846(2): 151–203 

Randall, J.E. 1998. Review of the cardinalfishes (Apogonidae) of the Hawaiian Islands, with descriptions of two new species. aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 3(1): 25-38.

Randall, J.E. 2007. Reef and shore fishes of the Hawaiian Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawai'i 546 pp.

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CAAB Code:37327178

Depth:10-100+ m

Habitat:Reef associated

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