Western Striped Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus victoriae (Günther 1859)

Other Names: Black-axillary Soldier-fish, Red-striped Cardinalfish, Victorian Cardinal Fish, Victorian Cardinalfish, Victoria's Cardinalfish

A Western Striped Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus victoriae, in Geographe Bay, Western Australia. Source: Rick Stuart-Smith / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A reddish-brown cardinalfish with several narrower white stripes along the head and body, a large black spot on the pectoral-fin base, another black spot on the middle of the caudal-fin base, and pinkish fins.

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Western Striped Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus victoriae (Günther 1859)

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Endemic to Western Australia, from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Cuvier. A nocturnal species, often seen sheltering in caves and under ledges on shallow reefs during the day.

Species Citation

Apogon victoriae Günther 1859, Catalogue of the Fishes in the British Museum Vol. 1: 243. Type locality: Victoria District, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Atlas of Living Australia

Western Striped Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus victoriae (Günther 1859)


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Randall, J.E. & Hoese, D.F. 1988. Apogon limenus, a new species of cardinalfish (Perciformes: Apogonidae) from New South Wales. Records of the Australian Museum 40: 359-364 DOI: 10.3853/j.0067-1975.40.1988.162, open access

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CAAB Code:37327079

Biology:Mouth brooder (males)

Depth:2-20 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:8 cm TL


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