Threadfin Cardinalfish (species: Zoramia leptacantha) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Zoramia leptacantha
Threadfin Cardinalfish

©Goran Nilsson: Zoramia leptacantha from Lizard Island (aquarium photo)

©Andy Lewis: Longspine Cardinalfish

©Anne Hoggett: Longspine Cardinalfish in Lizard Island lagoon
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Apogonidae
Genus Zoramia
Species Zoramia leptacantha



Distinguishing features

Translucent with vertical yellow bars behind eye, elongate first dorsal fin tip.


  • From 1 cm to 6 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

  • Gardiner, N.M. (2010). Habitat specialisation, niche overlap and site fidelity in a vulnerable family of coral reef fishes - the cardinalfish (Apogonidae). PhD thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 1983.
  • Gardiner, N.M. and G.P. Jones (2010). Synergistic effects of habitat preference and gregarious behaviour on habitat use in coral reef cardinalfish. Coral Reefs, 29: 845-856. LIRS catalog number 1393.
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