Spinyeye Cardinalfish (species: Pristiapogon fraenatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pristiapogon fraenatus
Spinyeye Cardinalfish

©Lyle Vail: Pristiapogon fraenatus at Osprey Islet, Lizard Island.

©Rick Stuart-Smith: Pristiapogon fraenatus, Lizard Island area.

©Anne Hoggett: Pristiapogon fraenatus in a cavern at base of reef slope off Bird Islet, Lizard Island Group.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Apogonidae
Genus Pristiapogon
Species Pristiapogon fraenatus



Distinguishing features

Silvery pink, sometimes with a yellowish head; a dark midline tapers towards the tail, bordered with thin white bands through the eye; a dark spot in the centre of the tail base.


  • Up to 11 cm (length according to Allen et al (2003).)
  • Up to 6 cm (Length of Lizard Island specimens)

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

  • Holbrook, S.J., R.J. Schmitt, V. Messmer, A.J. Brooks, M. Srinivasan, P.L. Munday and G.P. Jones (2015). Reef fishes in biodiversity hotspots are at greatest risk from loss of coral species, PLOS One, doi10.1371/journal.pone.0124054. LIRS catalog number 1915.
  • Lassig, B.R. (1983). The effects of a cyclonic storm on coral reef assemblages, Environmental Biology of Fishes, 9(1): 55-63. LIRS catalog number 253.
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