Palestriped Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus pallidofasciatus (Allen 1987)

Other Names: Pale-striped Cardinalfish

A Palestriped Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus pallidofasciatus, at Mornington Island, Queensland. Source: Rick Stuart-Smith / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A reddish-brown cardinalfish with 4 to 6 broad indistinct darker stripes along the sides including a short stripe from the upper eye to below the second dorsal fin (stripes more evident in smaller specimens), a round pupil-sized spot at the caudal-fin base, a silvery to whitish stripe from the snout through the eye to the rear of the gill cover, and dusky brown to reddish fins. Some individuals appear very dark with indistinct pale lines along the side.

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Palestriped Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus pallidofasciatus (Allen 1987)

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Endemic to northern Australia, from the Murion Islands, Western Australia, to Moreton Bay, Queensland. Inhabits nearshore silty rubble reefs and tidal channels, where there is moderate turbidity, in depths of about 2-15 m.


Dorsal fin VII-I, 9; Anal fin II, 8; Pectoral fin 14-15; Lateral-line scales 24 plus 4 additional scales on caudal fin base; Gill rakers on first arch including rudiments 5-6 + 14 15 = 19-21.
Body depth 2.5-2.7 in SL; head length 2.5- 2.7 in SL; snout length 4.3-4.6 in HL; eye diameter 2.6-3.0 in HL.


Overall reddish-brown with a very faint, nearly indistinguishable pattern of 4 to 6 dark stripes along the sides (stripes more evident in smaller specimens); a rounded spot, about pupil size, at base of caudal fin, more pronounced in specimens under about 60 mm SL; a silvery or whitish stripe from snout to eye and continued behind eye to rear of operculum; fins dusky brown to reddish; base and axil of pectoral fin may be dusky brown, but not significantly dar- ker than surrounding area.


The specific name pallidofasciatus is from the Latin pallidus (= pale) and fasciatus (= stripe), in reference to the characteristic dull stripes compared to other members of the A. victoriae "complex".

Species Citation

Apogon pallidofasciatus Allen 1987, Memoirs of Museum Victoria 48(1): 3, fig. 1. Type locality: Tantabiddi Creek, North West Cape, Western Australia, depth 3-4 m.


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Palestriped Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus pallidofasciatus (Allen 1987)


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CAAB Code:37327071

Depth:2-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm SL


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