Ocellate Cardinalfish, Jaydia carinatus (Cuvier 1828)

Other Names: Ocellated Cardinalfish, Ocellated Cardinal-fish

Ocellate Cardinalfish, Jaydia carinatus. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A pale silvery grey to bronze cardinalfish with faint stripes along the side, a black ocellus on the rear base of the second dorsal fin, a black margin on the anal fin, and grey to yellowish dorsal, caudal, and and pelvic fins. 

Cite this page as:
Bray, D.J. 2021, Jaydia carinatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Jun 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/4616

Ocellate Cardinalfish, Jaydia carinatus (Cuvier 1828)

More Info


West of Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, to the Arafura Sea, NW of Darwin, Northern Terriotry. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west Pacific.
Inhabits soft sediment areas on the continental shelf.


Dorsal fin VII + I,9; Anal fin II, 8; Pectoral fin 16.
Caudal fin rounded; scales ctenoid, large and deciduous.


Taken as bycatch in trawl fisheries.


The specific name is from the Latin carinatus (= keeled, like a keel, ridged), in reference to the small keels or ridges on the scales.

Species Citation

Apogon carinatus Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1828, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons Vol. 2: 157. Type locality: Japan.


Bray, D.J. 2021


Atlas of Living Australia

Ocellate Cardinalfish, Jaydia carinatus (Cuvier 1828)


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

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 Apogon carinatus)

Cuvier, G.L. in Cuvier, G.L. & Valenciennes, A. 1828. Histoire Naturelle des Poissons. Paris : Levrault Vol. 2 xxi, 2 + 490 pp., pls 9-40. 

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp. (as Apogon carinatus)

Gon, O. 1996. Revision of the cardinalfish subgenus Jaydia (Perciformes, Apogonidae, Apogon). pp. 147-194 in Skelton, P.H. & Lutjeharms, J.R.E. The J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology—50 years. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 51: 1-320 (as Apogon carinatus)

Kuiter, R.H. & Kozawa, T. 2019. Cardinalfishes of the world. New ed. Seaford, Victoria : Aquatic Photographics, and Okazaki, Aichi, Japan : Anthias, Nexus: 1-198.

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 

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 

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1984. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls. (as Apogon carinatus)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37327027


Biology:Mouth brooder (males)

Depth:3-162 m

Habitat:Soft sediment areas

Max Size:15 cm TL

Species Image Gallery

Species Maps

CAAB distribution map