Mangrove Cardinalfish, Yarica hyalosoma (Bleeker 1852)

Other Names: Hump-backed Cardinalfish, Hump-backed Cardinal-fish

A Mangrove Cardinalfish, Yarika hyalosoma, from Kampuan mangrove forest at Amphoe Suksamran, Ranong province, southern Thailand. Source: Sahat Ratmuangkhwang / FishBase. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A whitish cardinalfish often with a golden tinge, a large black spot on the cadual-fin base, and a black membrane on the anterior dorsal-fin spines.

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Mangrove Cardinalfish, Yarica hyalosoma (Bleeker 1852)

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Darwin, NT, to north of Cairns (16º51´S), QLD. Found elsewhere in the tropical, west Pacific.
Adults inhabit mangrove estuaries, tidal creeks and the lower reaches of freshwater streams.


Dorsal fin VII, 9; Anal fin II, 8. 

Trunk rhombic, mid body below the 1st dorsal base high. Nape moderately concave, snout tip rounded. Maxillary reaching rear border of eye. A distinct black spot just in front of anal base about equal to eye diameter in width.

Species Citation

Apogon hyalosoma Bleeker 1852, Natuurwetensch. Tijdschr. Nederland. Indië 3: 63. Type locality:  Bima, Sumbawa; Benculen, Padang, Priaman, Sumatra, Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray

Mangrove Cardinalfish, Yarica hyalosoma (Bleeker 1852)


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CAAB Code:37327039

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-2 m

Habitat:Estuaries, freshwater

Max Size:17 cm TL

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