Ghost Cardinalfish (species: Nectamia fusca) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Nectamia fusca
Ghost Cardinalfish

©Anne Hoggett: Nectamia fusca at night, Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Nectamia fusca at night, Horseshoe Reef, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Probably Nectamia fusca about 2 cm long, at Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island, at night.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Apogonidae
Genus Nectamia
Species Nectamia fusca



Distinguishing features

Very narrow bar under eye, no dark margins on tail lobes, and bar on tail peduncle distinct in juveniles and may be lost in adults (adapted from Fishes of Australia accessed 19 Mar 2017).


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Fraser, T.H. (2008). Cardinalfishes of the genus Nectamia (Apogonidae, Perciformes) from the Indo-Pacific region with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa, 1691: 1-52. LIRS catalog number 90417.

Other references

  • Barnett, A. (2004). The trophic and reproductive implications of mouthbrooding in apogonid fishes, Honours thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 946.
  • Barnett, A. and D.R. Bellwood (2005). Sexual dimorphism in the buccal cavity of paternal mouthbrooding cardinalfishes (Pisces: Apogonidae), Marine Biology, 148: 205-212. LIRS catalog number 1021.
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