Lachneratus phasmaticus

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Phantom cardinalfish
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Apogonidae
Subfamily: Apogoninae
Genus: Lachneratus
T. H. Fraser & Struhsaker, 1991
Species: L. phasmaticus
Binomial name
Lachneratus phasmaticus
T. H. Fraser & Struhsaker, 1991

Lachneratus phasmaticus also known as the Phantom cardinalfish, is a species of fish in the family Apogonidae, the cardinalfishes. It is the only member of its genus.[1] It is native to the tropical eastern Pacific and Indian Oceans.[2] This fish can be found in crevices and underwater caves, and it occurs at depths of 3 to 104 meters. It grows to a length of 7.4 centimetres (2.9 in) SL.[2]

This species was discovered when "an unusual cardinalfish was taken in a trawl off of Hawaii" around 1969.[3] It was later collected off of Fiji. It was described to science in 1991 and placed in a new genus of its own.[3]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2015). "Lachneratus phasmaticus" in FishBase. August 2015 version.
  3. ^ a b 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): 718-22.