Pencil cardinal

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Pencil cardinalfish
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Epigonidae
Genus: Epigonus
Species: E. denticulatus
Binomial name
Epigonus denticulatus
Dieuzeide, 1950[1]

The pencil cardinalfish (Epigonus denticulatus) is a species of deepwater cardinalfish found around the world at depths of 130 to 830 m (430 to 2,720 ft). This fish can reach up to 20 cm (7.9 in) in TL.[2]

The pencil cardinalfish and the bulls-eye are very similar, except the former has seven spines in the first dorsal fin, whereas the latter has eight.


  1. ^ Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Epigonus denticulatus" in FishBase. April 2013 version.

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