Animal Species:Capricorn Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus capricornis (Allen & Randall, 1993)
The Capricorn Cardinalfish is a small, subtropical marine species. It is yellowish fish with a black spot on the caudal peduncle.
Standard Common Name
The Capricorn Cardinalfish is dusky yellow above and brassy to golden below. It has a black spot on the caudal peduncle and bright blue lines that run from the snout through the eye. The lower line reaches the posterior margin of the operculum.
The species grows to 8cm in length.
It has been found in scattered localities from the southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland south to Sydney, 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.
Distribution by collection data
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Tags fish, ichthyology, Capricorn Cardinalfish, Apogon capricornis, subtropical water, marine, dots/spots, yellow, blue stripes, stripes or bands, < 10 cm, Great Barrier Reef, Ostorhinchus capricornis,