Frostfin Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus hoevenii (Bleeker 1854)

Other Names: Flag-fin Cardinal

A Frostfin Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus hoevenii, at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, January 2020. Source: Anne Hoggett / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A brownish cardinalfish with a yellowish head, a white margin on the rear of the spinous dorsal fin, and a small white spot on the upper body below the last dorsal-fin ray.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Ostorhinchus hoevenii in Fishes of Australia, accessed 30 Sep 2023,

Frostfin Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus hoevenii (Bleeker 1854)

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Found on the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. The species forms small groups amongst corals, sea urchins, crinoids and algae.


The species is named in honour of Bleeker’s Dutch colleague, zoologist Jan van der Hoeven. (The ETYFish Project,

Species Citation

Apogon hoevenii Bleeker 1854, Natuurk. Tijdschr. Nederlandsch Indië 6: 483. Type locality: Ambon Island, Moluccas, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Frostfin Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus hoevenii (Bleeker 1854)


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CAAB Code:37327062

Biology:Oral egg brooders (males)

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:5 cm TL

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