Bracelet Cardinalfish, Nectamia viria Fraser 2008

A Bracelet Cardinalfish, Nectamia viria, in Yule Passage, Northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, August 2015. Source: Ian Shaw / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A cardinalfish with a narrow triangular dark bar across the cheek, a dark saddle (sometimes indistinct) below the second dorsal fin, usually a few indistinct pale bars on the side, a broad dark band around the caudal peduncle connected above and below to the caudal fin, and no dark margins along the outer caudal-fin lobes.

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Bray, D.J. 2014, Nectamia viria in Fishes of Australia, accessed 11 Dec 2023,

Bracelet Cardinalfish, Nectamia viria Fraser 2008

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Recorded from the northern Great Barrier Reef to Moreton Bay, Queensland. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the Western Pacific: Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines to Australia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.


Dorsal fin VIII, 9; Anal fin II, 8; Vertebrae 24. 


Head, body and fins without stripes; head with dark narrow triangular 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 occasionally with a few faint pale bars, saddle under second dorsal fin; caudal peduncle with a complete dark caudal-peduncle mark, the bar less intense below pored lateral-line scales, pale region just anterior to peduncle mark not reaching to posterior base of second dorsal fin but reaching anal fin; first and second dorsal fins uniform dusky, pectoral pelvic and caudal fins pale (Fraser 2008).


The specific name is from the Latin 'viria' meaning bracelet, in reference to the band around the caudal peduncle.

Species Citation

Nectamia viria Fraser 2008, Zootaxa 1691: 41, Figs. 3B, 6C, 7, 16, 18. Type locality: Sangay Siapo Islands, Philippine Islands. 


Bray, D.J. 2014


Australian Faunal Directory

Bracelet Cardinalfish, Nectamia viria Fraser 2008


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. Abstract

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3)

Mabuchi, K., T.H. Fraser, H. Song, Y. Azuma & M. Nishida. 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. PDF Open acess

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CAAB Code:37327164

Biology:Mouth brooders (males)

Depth:0-21 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:7+ cm SL

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