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Temporal range: 55–0 Ma

Eocene to Present[1]
Apogon maculatus.jpg
Apogon maculatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Apogonidae
Subfamily: Apogoninae
Genus: Apogon
Lacepède, 1801
Type species
Apogon ruber,
Lacepède, 1801

Apogon is a large genus of fish in the family Apogonidae, the cardinalfishes. They are among the most common fish on coral reefs.[2] Over 200 species have been classified in genus Apogon as members of several subgenera.[2] Some of these subgenera, such as Ostorhinchus, have been elevated to genus status,[3] leaving just over 50 species in genus Apogon.[4]


Apogon caudicinctus
Apogon robinsi

There are currently 50 recognized species in this genus:[4]


  1. ^ Sepkoski, J. (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 364: 560. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. 
  2. ^ a b Mabuchi, K.; Okuda, N.; Nishida, M. (2006). "Molecular phylogeny and stripe pattern evolution in the cardinalfish genus Apogon" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 38 (1): 90–99. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2005.05.003. PMID 15979347. 
  3. ^ Fraser, T.H. (2014). "A new genus of cardinalfish from tropical Australia and southern New Guinea (Percomorpha: Apogonidae)" (PDF). Zootaxa. 3852 (2): 283–293. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3852.2.7. 
  4. ^ a b 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" (PDF). Zootaxa. 3846 (2): 151–203. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3846.2.1.