Moluccan Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus monospilus (Fraser, Randall & Allen 2002)


Other Names: Moluccen Cardinal, Moluccen Cardinalfish, Yelloweyed Cardinalfish

Moluccan Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus monospilus, in Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2009. Source: Bernard Dupont / Flickr. License: CC By Attribution-ShareAlike

Summary:
A silvery to brown or reddish-brown cardinalfish with a small white spot behind the rear of the dorsal fin.
In Australia, this species has been confused with Ostorhinchus moluccensis, which occurs in Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.
Video of a Moluccan Cardinalfish being engulfed by a Whitemargin Stargazer.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Ostorhinchus monospilus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 02 Apr 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/3482

Moluccan Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus monospilus (Fraser, Randall & Allen 2002)

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Distribution

North West Cape, Western Australia, to the northern Great Barrier Reef, with juveniles  possibly as far south as Sydney Harbour, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west Pacific.

Etymology

The specific name monospilus is from the Greek mono, meaning 'one', and spilos, meaning 'spot', in reference to the single white spot behind the rear of the dorsal fin.

Species Citation

Apogon monospilus Fraser, Randall & Allen 2002, Raffles Bull. Zool. 50(1): 182, fig. 1A-C. Type locality: Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. 

Author

Bray, D.J. 2019

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Moluccan Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus monospilus (Fraser, Randall & Allen 2002)

References


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

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

Allen, G.R., Kuiter, R.H. & Randall, J.E. 1994. Descriptions of five new species of cardinalfishes (Apogonidae: Apogon) from Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia and surrounding regions. Rev. Fr. Aquariol. 21(1-2): 27-38.

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. 

Fraser, T.H., Randall, J.E. & Allen, G.R. 2002. Clarification of the cardinalfishes (Apogonidae) previously confused with Apogon moluccensis Valenciennes, with a description of a related new species. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 50(1): 175-184. See ref online, open access

Hutchins, B. 2004. Fishes of the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 66: 343–398.

Hutchins, J.B. 1994. A survey of the nearshore reef fish fauna of Western Australia's west and south coasts — The Leeuwin Province. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 46: 1-66 figs 1-6 

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls. 

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp. 

Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. 437 pp. (as Apogon moluccensis)

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. 

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37327067

Depth:2-41 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:8 cm SL

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