Cheilodipterus parazonatusis commonly referred to as Mimic cardinal. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
This cardinalfish inhabits shallow lagoon at about 1 to 15 m, but is occasionally found in deeper water down to 35 m.
Cheilodipterus parazonatus ventures into open water and seen in association with and imitating the foraging behavior of Meiacanthus vittatus.
It swims with quick darting motion, mimics Meiacanthus vittatus, Smith-Vaniz, 1976