Animal Species:Girdled Cardinalfish, Archamia zosterophora (Bleeker, 1856)

The Girdled Cardinalfish is semi-transparent with a pinkish to greyish base colour. There is a small black spot on the caudal peduncle.

Girdled Cardinalfish at Davies Reef

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Girdled Cardinalfish

Alternative Name/s

Girdled Cardinal

Identification

The Girdled Cardinalfish is semi-transparent with a pinkish to greyish base colour. It has two thin orange lines on the head and a broad black bar below the second dorsal fin. There is a small black spot on the caudal peduncle.

Size range

The species grows to 8 cm in length.

Distribution

It is known from the Western Pacific. In Australia it is recorded from off north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Archamia zosterophora

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Girdled Cardinalfish specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species is found on coral reefs.

Classification

Species:
zosterophora
Genus:
Archamia
Family:
Apogonidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  3. Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.
  4. Paxton, J.R., D.F. Hoese, G.R. Allen & J.E. Hanley. 1989. Zoological Catalogue of Australia Vol.7 Pisces Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Canberra: Australian Biological Resources Survey. Pp. i-xii, 1-665.
  5. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.

 


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Girdled Cardinalfish, Archamia zosterophora, Apogonidae, semi-transparent, pink, grey, dots/spots, Girdled Cardinal, < 10 cm, Great Barrier Reef, coral reef, marine,