Mini Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus neotes (Allen, Kuiter & Randall 1994)

Other Names: Larval Cardinalfish

A Mini Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus neotes, on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A small semi-transparent cardinalfish with a black midlateral stripe below the skin, and a black, pupil-sized spot at the base of the caudal fin.

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Mini Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus neotes (Allen, Kuiter & Randall 1994)

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Forms small schools in lagoons and on outer reefs, usually with soft corals or gorgonian fans.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 9; Anal fin II, 8; Pectoral fin 13; Mid-lateral line scales 24; tubed lateral line scales absent; Predorsal scales 4; Gill rakers 5+16-18, excluding an indistinct rudiment on upper limb; Vertebrae 24. 
Body depth 4.2-4.7 in SL; preopercular margin serrate; preopercular ridge smooth; vomer and palatine toothless. 


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37327150

Biology:Mouth brooder (males)

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3 cm TL

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