Animal Species:Ring-tail Cardinalfish, Apogon aureus (Lacepède, 1802)

As its standard name would suggest, the Ring-tail Cardinalfish has a distinct black band around the caudal peduncle.

Ring-tail Cardinalfish, Apogon aureus

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Standard Common Name

Ring-tail Cardinalfish

Identification

Adult Ring-tail Cardinalfish are grey-orange above and yellow to golden below. They have iridescent blue lines from the snout through the eyes, and a distinct black band around the caudal peduncle.

Size range

12 cm

Distribution

Occurs throughout the Indo-West Pacific.

In Australia it is recorded from south-western Western Australia, around the tropical north and south to the central coastline of New South Wales.

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

Apogon aureus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Ring-tail Cardinalfish specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species is most commonly found in rocky and coral reefs.

Classification

Species:
aureus
Genus:
Apogon
Family:
Apogonidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  • Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  • Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  • Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Crawford House Press. Pp. 437.
  • Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  • Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R & R.C. Steene. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 507.


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Tags Ring-tail Cardinalfish, Apogon aureus, distinct black band, grey-orange, yellow underside, iridescent lines, stripes or bands, 10 cm - 30 cm, tropical water, marine, rocky reef, coral reef,