Genus Cercamia

A genus of small (< 40  mm  SL), semi-translucent cardinalfishes found in the Indo-Pacific. Individuals are nocturnally active, often solitary, and shelter in caves, crevices, holes, and under ledges at depths of about 10–55m.
Species of Cercamia are unique in having 9 precaudal vertebrae rather than 10 found in all other apogonid genera.
Author: Bray, D.J. 2021

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Cercamia in Fishes of Australia, accessed 11 Aug 2022,


Allen, G.R., Erdmann, M.V. & Mahardini, A. 2015 Cercamia melanogaster, a new species of cardinalfish (Apogonidae) from West Papua, Indonesia. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 14: 57-65.

Fraser, T.H., Bogorodsky, S.V., Mal, A.O. & Alpermann, T.J. 2021. Review of the cardinalfishes of the genus Cercamia (Percomorpha: Apogonidae) of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean with descriptions of three new species. Zootaxa 5039(3): 363-394.