Whitejaw Cardinalfish, Pseudamia amblyuroptera (Bleeker 1856)

Other Names: Pearl-jawed Cardinalfish, White-jawed Cardinalfish

A Whitejaw Cardinalfish, Pseudamia amblyuroptera, at Madang, Papua New Guinea. Source: Gerald R. Allen / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A slender translucent dark greyish cardinalfish with the rear half of the upper jaw almost white, usually a small dark spot on the side of the maxilla, a pale golden chest and abdomen, brown spots on the head, a golden gill cover with close-set blackish spots forming broad dark stripes. The caudal fin base has a large, round, dark brown spot.

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Whitejaw Cardinalfish, Pseudamia amblyuroptera (Bleeker 1856)

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Recorded from the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland; elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical west Pacific.
Inhabits shallow mangrove creeks and shallow inshore lagoon reefs and seagrass beds.

Species Citation

Cheilodipterus amblyuropterus Bleeker 1856, Natuurk. Tijdschr. Nederlandsch Indië 11: 395. Type locality: Wahai, Ceram, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Whitejaw Cardinalfish, Pseudamia amblyuroptera (Bleeker 1856)


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

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

Bleeker, P. 1856. Bijdrage tot de kennis der ichthyologische fauna van het eiland Boeroe. Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 11: 383-414.

Bleeker, P. 1860. Derde bijdrage tot de kennis der vischfauna van Singapore. Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 20: 446-456 (as Cheilodipterus polystigma)

Bleeker, P. 1874. Révision des espèces indo-archipélagiques du groupe des Apogonini. Natuurkundige Verhandelingen van de Bataafsche Hollandsche Maatschappye der Wetenschappen te Haarlem 3 2(1): 1-82 (as Amia amblyuropterus).

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.

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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37327106

Depth:0-30 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated, in caves

Max Size:8.5 cm SL

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