Noted aquarist and journalist/photographer Ret Talbot announced today on his Kickstarter page that the book he, Matt Pedersen, Matthew Wittenrich, Roy Yanong, and Tom Waltzak have been working on about Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) , titled Banggai Rescue is almost complete in spite of several delays.
The book offers detailed information about the little reef fish and the virus that afflicts it, as well as the local and international politics that surround the fish. Talbot wrote on the book’s Kickstarter page that it is now more than 300 pages in length and includes scientific illustrations done by his wife Karen, (See a time-lapse video of Karen working on a milletseed butterflyfish at Reef-a-Palooza 2011 here). It is in the hands of the editor and publisher, James Lawrence, who recently sent Talbot a revised version of the manuscript. Talbot notes that he just got a call that could again change some of the information in the book and he is hoping to get the book published in the near future.
Banggai Rescue Table of Contents
1. Into the Heart of the Coral Triangle
2. The Banggai Cardinalfish: A Short History
3. Reproduction in the Wild
4. Endangered Darling of the Aquarium World
5. The Banggai Killer Disease Mystery
6. Aquarium Husbandry
7. Captive Breeding: These are not Guppies
9. Sustainability: How to Achieve It
10. Banggai Rescue
According to the book publisher’s website, the Banggai cardinalfish may become the first coral reef fish driven to extinction or extirpation by fish collectors in Indonesia who supply the world’s marine aquarium trade with this very popular fish. The goal of the book is to prevent extinction of this species from occurring by detailing in the book new field research, and more importantly, new captive culture protocols for this species to help reduce the wild caught specimens that enter the aquarium fish market on a daily basis.
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Banggai Cardinal FISH
The Banggai cardinalfish is one of the most popular ornamental marine fish in the hobby. It came to the aquarium trade around 1992 and is currently experiencing declines in the wild, due to overharvesting the species for the trade. It is on the IUCN Red List as an endangered species. 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.