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 cardinalfish with a brownish-yellow mid-lateral stripe, a narrow bright yellow line along back, and a black spot on the tail base.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Ostorhinchus cavitensis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 13 Jul 2020,

Whiteline Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus cavitensis (Jordan & Seale 1907)

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Kimberley District to the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia, and the northenr Great Barrier Reef, to southern Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west Pacific.

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. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

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 cavitensis)
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 

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 

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

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 

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

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. 

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.

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CAAB Code:37327028

Depth:3-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:7.5 cm TL

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