Aquarium hopes to breed rare fish

Banggai cardinalfish at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.

Banggai cardinalfish at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.

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Rare fish that are naturally found in only one place in the world have a new home in North Tyneside.

Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium has acquired a group of Banggai cardinalfish, which live midway between the Philippines and Australia.

The tropical black and white fish are vulnerable to extinction so it is hoped that the adult males and females in Tynemouth will form a new captive breeding colony.

Terry McKeone, from the aquarium, said: “This new display will help to highlight the fragility of many marine species.

“Being confined to a single location makes the entire species vulnerable to extinction. Hopefully, our captive-bred Banggai cardinals will start their own breeding programme here.”

Following a complex mating ritual, the male fish holds the fertilised eggs in his mouth until they hatch.