Striped Siphonfish, Siphamia majimai Matsubara & Iwai 1958

Other Names: Zariba Fish

A Striped Siphonfish, Siphamia majimai, at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Gerald R. Allen / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

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Striped Siphonfish, Siphamia majimai Matsubara & Iwai 1958

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commensal with sea urchins and crown-of-thorns


Recorded in Australia from Exmouth Gulf, WA, to Moreton Bay, QLD. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical, west Pacific.

Species Citation

Siphamia majimai Matsubara & Iwai, 1958, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist.: 603, fig. 1. Type locality, Urasokari, Amami Oshima, Japan.


Dianne J. Bray

Striped Siphonfish, Siphamia majimai Matsubara & Iwai 1958


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

Allen, G.R., Cross, N.J. & Hoese, D.F. 2006. Family Apogonidae. pp. 1081-1112 in Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. (as Siphamia zaribae)

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

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.

Gon, O. & Allen, G.R. 2012. Revision of the Indo-Pacific cardinalfish genus Siphamia (Perciformes: Apogonidae). Zootaxa 3294: 1-84.

Hutchins, B. 2004. Fishes of the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 66: 343–398.

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3) (as Siphamia zaribae)

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293. (as Siphamia zaribae)

Matsubara, K. & Iwai, T. 1958. Results of the Amami Islands Expedition No. 2. A new apogonid fish, Siphamia majimai. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 13 1(9): 603-608 figs 1-3

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

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.

Russell, B.C. 1983. Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes in the Capricorn-Bunker group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Special Publication Series 1: 1-184 figs 1-2

Whitley, G.P. 1959. Ichthyological snippets. The Australian Zoologist 12(4): 310-323 figs 1-3 (323, described as Siphamia zaribae).

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37327117

Behaviour:Lives with sea urchins & crown-of-thorns

Habitat:Reef associated

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