Kupang Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus wassinki (Bleeker 1860)

A Kupang Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus wassinki, at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. Source: Rick Stuart-Smith / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A yellowish-orange cardinalfish with about 6 narrow pale greyish to silver stripes along head and body, the lowermost extending along lower side to above the anal fin.

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Kupang Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus wassinki (Bleeker 1860)

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Ningaloo Reef to Cassini Island off The Kimberley, Western Australia. Inhabits sheltered rocky and coral reefs, often in silty areas. 

Species Citation

Apogon wassinki Bleeker, 1861, Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 22: 257. Type locality: Kupang, Timor Island, southern Malay Archipelago.


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Kupang Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus wassinki (Bleeker 1860)


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Bleeker, P. 1860. Zesde bijdrage tot de kennis der vischfauna van Timor. Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 22: 247-261. PDF at BHL
Mabuchi, K., Fraser, T.H., Song, H., Azuma, Y. & Nishida, M. Revision of the systematics of the cardinalfishes (Percomorpha: Apogonidae) based on molecular analyses and comparative reevaluation of morphological characters.Zootaxa 3846(2): 151–203. PDF Open Access

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

Randall, J.E. & Kulbicki, M. 1998. Two new cardinalfishes (Perciformes: Apogonidae) of the Apogon cyanosoma complex from the western Pacific, with notes on the status of A. wassinki Bleeker. Revue française d'Aquariologie Herpétologie 25(1-2): 31-39.

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CAAB Code:37327154

Biology:Mouth brooders (males)

Depth:1-22 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6 cm TL

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