Moluccan Cardinalfish (species: Ostorhinchus monospilus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Ostorhinchus monospilus
Moluccan Cardinalfish

©Anne Hoggett: Ostorhinchus monospilus at Watson's bay, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Ostorhinchus monospilus at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Ostorhinchus monospilus, top left, with Ostorhinchus cyanosoma below and two Ostorhinchus doederleini at right; Watson's Bay, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Apogonidae
Genus Ostorhinchus
Species Ostorhinchus monospilus



Distinguishing features

Greyish white with a broad brown/green stripe from snout through eye to tail and a narrower stripe above eye not extending beyond level of pectoral fin. A small white spot (or transverse bar) at the rear base of dorsal fin of all but the smallest individuals.

See Fishes of Australia (link below) for more photos showing greater variability than shown here.


  • Up to 6 cm (estimated length of specimens observed at Lizard Island)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



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