Bullseye Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus fleurieu (Lacépède 1802)

Other Names: Flower Cardinalfish, Gold Cardinalfish

A Bullseye Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus fleurieu, in the Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, January 2016. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

An iridescent coppery to pale dusky-pink cardinalfish with a broad dark band around the tail base that is wider in the centre than at the edges, a dark stripe on the snout, and electric blue lines on the face. Juveniles have a dark spot on the middle of the tail base rather than a band or bar.

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Bullseye Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus fleurieu (Lacépède 1802)

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Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical west Pacific. Usually inhabits shallow coral reefs areas with moderate currents, with small to large schools sheltering in crevices. 

Species Citation

Ostorhinchus fleurieu Lacépède 1802, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 4: 23. Type locality: Manuabada Island, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.


Dianne J. Bray


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Bullseye Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus fleurieu (Lacépède 1802)


Allen, G.R. 1996. New records of reef and shore fishes from northwestern Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 18: 109-112.(as Apogon fleurieu)

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

Fricke, R. & Gon, O. 2010. Apogon fleurieu. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. . Downloaded on 23 August 2014.

Gon, O. 1987. Redescription of Apogon (Ostorhinchus) fleurieu (Lacepède, 1802) with notes on its synonymy. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 34(2): 138-145. PDF

Gon, O. & Randall, J.E. 2003. A review of the Cardinalfishes (Perciformes: Apogonidae) of the Red Sea. Smithiana, Publications in Aquatic Biodiversity, Bulletin 1: 1-47. (as Apogon fleurieu)

Lacépède, B.G. 1802. Histoire Naturelle des Poissons. Paris : chez Plassan Vol. 4 728 pp. 16 pls.

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. 2005. Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37327148

Biology:Mouth brooder (males)

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12.5 cm SL

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