Yamba Cardinalfish, Foa yamba Fraser 2014

A Yamba Cardinalfish, Foa yamba, in Long Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, 1974. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A small cardinalfish covered in darkish spots on a brownish-red background, usually with 9 pored lateral-line scales, and a pattern of regular spots on the second dorsal, anal and caudal fins. Juveniles and young fish have three regular bars on the sides.  

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Dianne J. Bray, Foa yamba in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Jul 2019, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/5091

Yamba Cardinalfish, Foa yamba Fraser 2014

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Clarence River, Yamba, to Sydney, New South Wales. Inhabits rocky shores in tidal estuaries and bays.


The specific name yamba is an Australian aboriginal word of uncertain meanings. One meaning refers to a kind of oyster. The other meaning refers to the headland near the river mouth and is the name of the town of Yamba at the mouth of the Clarence River - the type locality of Foa yamba.

Species Citation

Foa yamba Fraser, 2014, Zootaxa 3878 (2): 172, figs 4-7. Type locality: Australia, New South Wales, Iluka Marina, along rock shore [29.41750°S 153.35550°E].


Dianne J. Bray

Yamba Cardinalfish, Foa yamba Fraser 2014


Fraser, T.A. 2014. Foa yamba, a new species of cardinalfish (Percomorpha: Apogonidae: Apogonichthyini) from the tidal region of the Clarence River, Australia and redescriptions of the West Pacific Foa longimana and Foa hyalina. Zootaxa 3878 (2): 167–178.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37327186

Biology:Males - mouth brooders

Depth:0.5-6 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:5 cm SL


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