Banggai, are paternal mouthbrooders, which means that after mating the male holds and incubate the fertilized eggs in his mouth. During the incubation, the mouth-brooding Banggai does not eat. This form of parental care is advantageous because it protects the offspring during their most vulnerable phases. The Banggai cardinalfish was listed as Threatened in 2016, the first marine aquarium fish listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Wild populations of Banggai cardinalfish and the habitats they rely on are being threatened, and our choices can reduce some of these impacts.
Wild Banggai cardinalfish have been impacted by more than just collection for the aquarium industry. They also face habitat loss and degradation, pollution. The Banggai’s already restricted habitat makes it especially vulnerable to environmental impacts from climate change. Reducing collection of Banggai to or near zero would give them a better opportunity to adapt and respond to the other pressures they face in the wild.
The costume is made of fishing accessories and processed plastic bottles.