Ringtail Cardinalfish (species: Ostorhinchus aureus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Ostorhinchus aureus
Ringtail Cardinalfish

©Anne Hoggett: Ostorhinchus aureus at Granite Bluff, Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Ostorhinchus aureus at Snake Pit near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Apogonidae
Genus Ostorhinchus
Species Ostorhinchus aureus



Distinguishing features

A large cardinalfish that forms loose aggregations. Bright gold grading to almost white near the tail base. A black bar encircles the tail. The face is darker with electric blue lines.


  • Up to 12 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Siebeck, U.E. (2002). UV vision and visual ecology of reef fish, Ph.D. thesis, University of Queensland. LIRS catalog number 754.