Schooling Cardinalfish, Verulux cypselurus (Weber 1909)

Other Names: Black-nosed Cardinalfish, Swallowtail Cardinalfish

Schooling Cardinalfish, Verulux cypselurus, in the Russell Islands, Solomon Islands. Source: Mark Rosenstein / License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

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Schooling Cardinalfish, Verulux cypselurus (Weber 1909)

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Off northwest Western Australia, Ashmore and Cartier reefs, Timor Sea, the northern Great Barrier Reef and reefs in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the tropical Indo-west Pacific.
Often occurs around lagoon patch reefs, forming large schools that disperse at night to feed on plankton.

Species Citation

Rhabdamia cypselurus Weber 1909, Fische der Siboga-Expedition 31(2): 167. Type locality: Ceram, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J.


Australian Faunal Directory

Schooling Cardinalfish, Verulux cypselurus (Weber 1909)


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. (as Rhabdamia cypselurus)

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. (as Rhabdamia cypselurus)

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. (as Rhabdamia cypselurus)

Hutchins, J.B. 1994. A survey of the nearshore reef fish fauna of Western Australia's west and south coasts — The Leeuwin Province. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 46: 1-66 figs 1-6 (as Rhabdamia cypselurus)

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp. (as Rhabdamia cypselurus

Mabuchi, K., Fraser, T.H., Song, H., Azuma, Y. & Nishida, M. 2014. Revision of the systematics of the cardinalfishes (Percomorpha: Apogonidae) based on molecular analyses and comparative reevaluation of morphological characters. Zootaxa 3846(2): 151–203.

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp. (as Rhabdamia cypselura)

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. (as Rhabdamia cypselurus

Weber, M. 1909. Note IV. Diagnosen neuer Fische der Siboga-Expedition. Notes from the Leyden Museum 31(2): 143-169.

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CAAB Code:37327112


Depth:2-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6 cm TL

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