The Banggai cardinalfish book that the marine aquarium fish industry has been waiting for will ship this weekend at the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America in South Florida. Titled Banggai Cardinalfish: A Guide to Captive Care, Breeding & Natural History, and written by Ret Talbot, Matt Pedersen, Matthew Wittenrich, Roy Yanong, and Tom Waltzak, the book will cover how to care for and breed this iconic fish and will also cover the fish’s natural history from when it was “rediscovered in 1994.”
The authors goal in publishing the book are give the aquarium world a fresh and unbiased perspective on the trade in wild-caught Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni); encourage local captive breeding by hobbyists to help relieve the pressure this fish has experienced in the wild; and to begin a scientific study of the Banggai Cardinalfish Iridovirus (BCIV), a virus that the authors say is very efficient at killing entire shipments of the fish and slowing commercial aquaculture efforts of the species.
This particular fish has suffered from over-collection for the ornamental marine trade and the book is brings this fact to light. Even though the fish is on the IUCN Red List of endangered species, the exploitation of this fish continues, Gayatri Gayatri Reksodihardjo-Lilley, head of the Indonesia Nature Federation said in a press release the authors put out announcing the launch of the book at MACNA.
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The book also has an extensive section on husbandry and breeding advice for the Banggai Cardinalfish. The book is 304 pages with 235 full color images. It is priced at $34.95 for the softcover and $44.95 for the hard cover and is distributed by Two Little Fishies, Inc.
The Banggai cardinalfish is one of the most popular ornamental marine fish in the hobby. It came to the aquarium trade in the early 1990s and is currently experiencing declines in the wild, due to overharvesting the species for the trade. It can be found in the Banggai archipelago of Indonesia and in spite of the capability to captive breed the species, its population in the wild continues to dwindle due to overfishing, disease, and other factors.