Cheekbar Cardinal, Ostorhinchus sealei (Fowler 1918)

Other Names: Cheek-bar Cardinal, Seale's Cardinalfish

Cheekbar Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus sealei, in Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi,Indonesia. Source: Bernard Dupont / Flickr. License: CC BY Attribution-ShareAlike

A pale yellow cardinalfish with a pair of narrow brown stripes along upper side, a small black spot on middle of caudal fin base, and pale-edged brownish bars on gill cover. 

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Dianne J. Bray, Ostorhinchus sealei in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Jul 2024,

Cheekbar Cardinal, Ostorhinchus sealei (Fowler 1918)

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Found on offshore reefs in the Timor Sea off north-western Australia - Ashmore and Hibernia reefs. Occurs elsewhere in the Indo-west pacific.
Groups usually shelter amongst branching corals.

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Differs from Ostorhinchus chrysopomus in having pale edged brown bars on the gill cover rather than yellow spots.


Dianne J. Bray

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37327134

Biology:Mouth brooder

Depth:2-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9 cm TL

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