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.
Standard Common Name
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.
The species grows to 8 cm in length.
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.
Distribution by collection data
The species is found on coral reefs.
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- 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.
- Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.
- 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.
- 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