Gilbert's Cardinalfish, Zoramia gilberti (Jordan & Seale 1905)

Gilbert's Cardinalfish, Zoramia gilberti, from Madang, Papua, New Guinea. Source: Gerald R. Allen / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A translucent pale brown cardinalfish with blue spots on the head and anterior part of the body, a silvery bluish belly, and a dusky caudal-fin base with a small black spot.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Zoramia gilberti in Fishes of Australia, accessed 08 Dec 2022,

Gilbert's Cardinalfish, Zoramia gilberti (Jordan & Seale 1905)

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Offshore reefs of Western Australia (Scott Reef and Seringatapam Reef),  and Ashmore and Cartier reefs, Timor Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the west Pacific : Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea to the Phiippines, east to Palau and Yap.
Inhabits sheltered bays and lagoons, forming large aggregations among branching corals, often with  other cardinalfish species.

Species Citation

Amia gilberti Jordan & Seale 1905, Proc. U. S. Natl Mus. 28(1407): 777, fig. 3. Type locality: Negros, Philippines. 


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Gilbert's Cardinalfish, Zoramia gilberti (Jordan & Seale 1905)


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 gilberti)

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

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

Fraser, T.H. & Lachner, E.A. 1985. A revision of the cardinalfish subgenera Pristiapogon and Zoramia (genus Apogon) of the Indo-Pacific region (Teleostei: Apogonidae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 412: 1-47. (as Apogon Zoramia gilberti)

Greenfield, D.W., Langston, R.C. & Randall, J.E. 2005. Two new cardinalfishes of the Indo-Pacific fish genus Zoramia (Apogonidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 56(33): 625-637 

Jordan, D.S. & Seale, A. 1905. List of fishes collected by Dr Bashford Dean on the island of Negros, Philippines. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 28(1407): 769-803 figs 1-20 (as Apogon gilberti)

Lachner, E.A. 1953. Family Apogonidae : cardinal fishes. pp. 412-498 figs 69-84 pls 33-43 in Schultz, L.P., Herald, E.S., Lachner, E.A., Welander, A.D. & Woods, L.P. (eds) Fishes of the Marshall and Marianas Islands. Vol. 1. Families Asymmetrontidae through Siganidae. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 202(1): 1-685, figs 1-90, pls 1-74 (as Apogon gilberti)

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

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37327143

Biology:Mouth brooders (males)

Depth:2-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:5.5 cm TL

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