Animal Species:Tiger Cardinalfish, Cheilodipterus macrodon (Lacépède, 1802)

The Tiger Cardinalfish can be distinguished from other species of Cheilodipterus by its colouration and large teeth.  The species occurs throughout the Indo-West Pacific.

A Tiger Cardinalfish at North Solitary Island

Ian Shaw © Ian Shaw

Standard Common Name

Tiger Cardinalfish

Identification

The Tiger Cardinalfish can be distinguished from other species of Cheilodipterus by its striped body, large teeth and lack of yellow colouration on the caudal peduncle.

Size range

It grows to 22 cm in length.

Distribution

The Tiger Cardinalfish occurs in tropical and some warm temperate marine waters throughout the Indo-West Pacific. In Australia it is know from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north, and south to the central New South Wales coast.

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

Cheilodipterus macrodon

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Tiger Cardinalfish specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
macrodon
Genus:
Cheilodipterus
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. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. & T. Kozawa. 1999. Fishes of the Indo-West Pacific. Apogonidae. CD Version 1.0 Zoonetics.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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