Multi-barred Cardinalfish, Nectamia luxuria Fraser 2008

A Multi-barred Cardinalfish, Nectamia luxuria, at Panglao, Philippines, May 2017. Source: zsispeo / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A cardinalfish with many pale bars on body, a broad incomplete dark bar on the caudal peduncle mostly above the lateral line, dark margins along the outer caudal-fin lobes, a narrow triangular diagonal bar below the eye, and no dark saddle on the body below the second dorsal fin.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Nectamia luxuria in Fishes of Australia, accessed 27 Feb 2024,

Multi-barred Cardinalfish, Nectamia luxuria Fraser 2008

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Northern Great Barrier Reef to One Tree Island, Queensland, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and possibly Ashmore and Cartier Islands. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific.


Head, body and fins without stripes; head with dark oblique cheek mark from eye to angle of preopercle, lachrymal and anterior infraorbital with yellowish mark, iris brownish with white inner ring; head and body bronze to brownish background with alternating pale and brown bars, center of brown bars commonly with narrow light region; caudal peduncle with a dark basicaudal mark mostly above pored lateral-line scales, fading or absent below pored lateral-line scales, partial pale region just anterior to peduncle mark; first dorsal fin with dusky membranes between spines II–IV, second dorsal, pectoral, pelvic anal and caudal fins pale except for yellowish edges to the second dorsal, anal and caudal fins, base of pectoral fin yellowish (Fraser 2008).


The specific name luxuria is Latin meaning profusion, in reference to the numerous pale bars on the body.

Species Citation

Nectamia luxuria Fraser 2008, Zootaxa 1691: 26, figs 3E, 6B, 11-12, 18. Type locality: Tandjung Liang, Ceram, Indonesia. 


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Multi-barred Cardinalfish, Nectamia luxuria Fraser 2008


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. (as Apogon bandanensis)

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

Fraser, T.H. 2008. Cardinalfishes of the genus Nectamia (Apogonidae, Perciformes) from the Indo-Pacific region with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa 1691: 1-52.

Mabuchi, K., Fraser, T.H., Song, H., Azuma, Y. & Nishida, M. 2014. Revision of the systematics of the cardinalfishes (Percomorpha: Apogonidae) based on molecular analyses and comparative reevaluation of morphological characters. Zootaxa 3846(2): 151–203.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

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CAAB Code:37327162

Biology:Mouth brooders (males)

Depth:0-12 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:7.7 cm SL

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