Also called Polkadot Cardinalfish and Spotted Coral Cardinalfish; "Pajama" alternate spelling is also used. This reef fish has translucent fins and a spotted tail section (hence the name). The scales running down its midsection are black-edged, giving the area a black-mesh pattern. Its face is a yellowish color, accentuated by a pair of big, bright red eyes. They feed nocturnally on zooplankton and bottom-dwelling crustaceans, and grow to about 8cm in length.
Found in small schools sheltering among coral branches (especially Porites nigrescens and P. cylindrica) in sheltered bays and lagoons, at depths of 1 to 17m.
This was my first time to see this lovely species of cardinalfish. They were in less than 10m of water at a dive site called San Juan Reef, off the western coast of Samal Island, Philippines.
Lat: 6.99, Long: 125.72
Spotted on Jul 13, 2012
Submitted on Jul 15, 2012