Golden Cardinalfish, Apogonichthyoides chrysurus (Ogilby 1889)

Other Names: Gentle Gobbleguts, Golden Cardinal-fish

A Golden Cardinalfish, Apogonichthyoides chrysurus, from Lord Howe Island. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A small cardinalfish with a large darkish spot on the upper part of the gill cover, a small dark spot behind the eye just above the lateral line, and a narrow dark diagonal bar on the cheek.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Apogonichthyoides chrysurus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 12 Jul 2020,

Golden Cardinalfish, Apogonichthyoides chrysurus (Ogilby 1889)

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Capricorn Group, southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Sydney, New South Wales, and the Lord Howe Island region in the Tasman Sea.


The specific name chrysurus is from the Greek 'chrusos' meaning gold, and 'oura' meaning tail.

Species Citation

Apogon chrysurus Ogilby, 1889, Mem. Aust. Mus. 2(3): 54. Type locality: Lord Howe Island 


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Golden Cardinalfish, Apogonichthyoides chrysurus (Ogilby 1889)


Allen, G.R., Hoese, D.F., Paxton, J.R., Randall, J.E., Russell, B.C., Starck, W.A., Talbot, F.H. & Whitley, G.P. 1976. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Lord Howe Island. Records of the Australian Museum 30(15): 365-454 figs 1-2 (as Apogon chrysurus)

Choat, J.H., van Herwerden, L., Robbins, W.D., Hobbs, J.P. & Ayling, A.M. 2006. A report on the ecological surveys undertaken at Middleton and Elizabeth Reefs, February 2006. Report by James Cook University to the Department of the Environment and Heritage. 65 pp. (as Vincentia chrysurus)

Francis, M. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 136-170 figs 1-2 (as Vincentia chrysura)

Fraser, T. 2006. A new species of cardinalfish (Perciformes: Apogonidae: Apogon) from New Caledonia, with comments and a key to related species. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 119(1): 137-142.

Fraser, T.H. 2010. A new deepwater species of the genus Apogonichthyoides (Apogonidae) from the Timor Sea, north-western Australia. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 16(3): 93-100.

Fraser, T.H. & Allen, G.R. 2010. Cardinalfish of the genus Apogonichthyoides Smith, 1949 (Apogonidae) with a description of a new species from the West-Pacific region. Zootaxa 2348: 40-56.

Fraser, T.H. & G.R. Allen. 2011. A new cardinalfish of the genus Apogonichthyoides (Perciformes, Apogonidae) from Raja Ampat Islands, with a key to species. Zootaxa 3095: 63-68.

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, open access

Ogilby, J.D. 1889. The reptiles and fishes of Lord Howe Island. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 2(3): 51-74 pls 2-3 DOI:10.3853/j.0067-1967.2.1889.481, open access

Russell, B.C. 1983. Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes in the Capricorn-Bunker group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Special Publication Series 1: 1-184 figs 1-2 (as Apogon chrysurus and Apogonichthys ahima)

Whitley, G.P. 1959. Ichthyological snippets. The Australian Zoologist 12(4): 310-323 figs 1-3 (as Apogonichthys ahimsa) See ref at BHL

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37327121

Biology:Mouth brooder (males)

Depth:0-60 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:7.5 cm TL


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