Little Tailband Cardinalfish, Apogon caudicinctus Randall & Smith 1988

A Little Tailband Cardinalfish, Apogon caudicinctus, from the Marquesas Islands - USNM 409119. Source: Jeffrey T. Williams / Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Body a transparent red with dark edges to dorsal body scales above, and an indistinct dusky bar across the rear half of the caudal peduncle.
The Australian record is based on specimens collected in 95 m off Cartier Island, Timor Sea - outside the usual depth range - so this record is tentative as the specimens may represent a different species.

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Little Tailband Cardinalfish, Apogon caudicinctus Randall & Smith 1988

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Recorded in Australia from off Cartier Island, Sahul Shelf, WA, (12º26'S, 123º36'E). Found elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin VI-I, 9; Anal fin II, 8; Pectoral fin 12; Pelvic fin I, 5; Pored lateral line scales 24; Predorsal scales 7; Circumpeduncular scales 12; Total gill rakers 16, developed gill rakers 10; Vertebrae 24. 
Second dorsal-fin spine length of first dorsal-fin spine, 1.8 in head length. Body depth 2.95-3.45 in SL; caudal peduncle long and slender caudal peduncle 3.30-3.35 in SL.


The specific name caudicinctus: is from the Latin cauda meaning 'tail' and cinctum meaning 'girdle' or 'belt', in reference to the broad blackish bar across the rear of the caudal peduncle and caudal-fin base.

Species Citation

Apogon caudicinctus Randall & Smith 1988, Am. Mus. Novit. 2926: 1-9. Type locality: Mei Point, Rapa, French Polynesia. 


Dianne J. Bray

Little Tailband Cardinalfish, Apogon caudicinctus Randall & Smith 1988


Allen, G.R., 1999. Apogonidae. Cardinalfishes. In K.E. Carpenter & V.H. Niem (eds) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 4. Bony fishes part 2 (Mugilidae to Carangidae). Rome, FAO: 2602-2610 pp.

Fraser, T.H. & Randall, J.E. 2002. Apogon dianthus, a new species of cardinalfish (Perciformes: Apogonidae) from Palau, western Pacific Ocean with comments on other species of the subgenus Apogon. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 115(1): 25-31.

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. & C.L. Smith 1988. Two new species and a new genus of cardinalfishes (Perciformes: Apogonidae) from Rapa, South Pacific Ocean. American Museum Novitates 2926: 1-9.

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CAAB Code:37327165

Depth:0-12 m (95 m in Aust)

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6.4 cm SL

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