Whiteline Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus cavitensis (Jordan & Seale 1907)

Other Names: Cavite Cardinalfish, White-line Cardinalfish, Yellow Cardinal-fish

A Whiteline Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus cavitensis, in the Dampier Marine Park, Western Australia. Source: Rick Stuart-Smith / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A pale greyish cardinalfish with a brownish-yellow or ochre mid-lateral stripe from the snout through the eye to the caudal peduncle (outlined above and below with a fine white stripe), followed by a black spot on the middle of the caudal peduncle, and a narrow bright yellow line along the back. Juveniles have a yellow body with a pale head.

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Ostorhinchus cavitensis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 25 May 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4203

Whiteline Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus cavitensis (Jordan & Seale 1907)

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Shark Bay, Western Australia, around the tropical north to Moreton Bay, southern Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, East-Indo-west Pacific: Singapore and Indonesia east to the Philippines, north to northern Vietnam, east to Tonga.
Inhabits shallow inshore reefs, often among mangroves.


The species is named for the type locality, Cavite in the Philippines.

Species Citation

Amia cavitensis Jordan & Seale 1907, Bull. Bur. Fish. (U.S.) for 1906 26: 16, fig. 5. Type locality: Cavite, Luzon Island, Philippines.


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Whiteline Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus cavitensis (Jordan & Seale 1907)


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

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

Allen, G.R. & Randall, J.E. 1993. Three new species of cardinalfishes (Apogonidae) from Australia and adjacent seas. Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 19(4): 107-114 (described as Apogon virgulatus, type locality - south of Cleghorn Island, Kimberley District, Western Australia)

Allen, G.R. & Randall, J.E. 1995. Apogon virgulatus Allen et Randall, a junior synonym of Apogon cavitiensis (Jordan et Seale). Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 22(1/2): 10 (as Apogon cavitiensis)

Bearham, D., Strzelecki, J., Hara, A., Hosie, A., et al. 2022. Habitats and benthic biodiversity across a tropical estuarine-marine gradient in the eastern Kimberley region of Australia. Regional Studies in Marine Science 49: 102039. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rsma.2021.102039 

Johnson, J.W. 1999. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 43(2): 709-762. (as Apogon cavitensis)

Jordan, D.S. & Seale, A. 1907. Fishes of the islands of Luzon and Panay. Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries (U.S.) for 1906 26: 1-48 figs 1-20 See ref at BHL

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp. (as Apogon cf hartzfeldi)

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp. (as Apogon cavitiensis)

Kuiter, R.H. & Kozawa, T. 2019. Cardinalfishes of the world. New edition. Seaford, Victoria : Aquatic Photographics, and Okazaki, Aichi, Japan : Anthias, Nexus, 198 pp.

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293.

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 

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1984. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls. (as Apogon hartzfeldi)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37327028

Depth:3-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:7.5 cm TL

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