Painted Cardinalfish (species: Taeniamia fucata) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Taeniamia fucata
Painted Cardinalfish

©Andy Lewis: Painted Cardinalfish

©Anne Hoggett: Painted Cardinalfish in Lizard Island lagoon

©Anne Hoggett: Taeniamia fucata in a cavern on the exposed reef slope off South Island, Lizard Island Group. The fish at top rear has the typical colour pattern. The others may be juveniles but we have not seen the colour pattern described. These have yellowish faces, no blue stripes between snout and eye, and orange bars on body are very faint.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Apogonidae
Genus Taeniamia
Species Taeniamia fucata



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 9.5 cm (length according to Allen and Erdmann (2012))

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



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Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen and M.V. Erdmann, G.R. (2012). Reef fishes of the East Indies. Volumes I-III in: Reef fishes of the East Indies. Tropical Reef Research, Perth, Australia. LIRS catalog number 90162.
  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other references

  • Barnett, A. (2004). The trophic and reproductive implications of mouthbrooding in apogonid fishes, Honours thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 946.
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