Painted Cardinalfish, Taeniamia fucata (Cantor 1850)

Other Names: Narrow-lined Cardinalfish, Orangelined Cardinalfish, Orange-lined Cardinalfish, Painted Cardinal, Red-barred Cardinalfish

A Painted Cardinalfish, Taeniamia fucata, at Hudson Island, Family Islands, Queensland. Source: Andrew J. Green / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A semitransparent greyish cardinalfish with an orange head, close-set narrow orange somewhat vertical lines along side, a large black spot on the caudal peduncle, two blue stripes on the snout to the eye, and a white tip on the anal fin.

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Painted Cardinalfish, Taeniamia fucata (Cantor 1850)

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Off Tantabiddi Creek, WA, to Escape Reef, QLD, Scott Reef, WA, and Ashmore and Cartier Islands in the Timor Sea. Occurs elsewhere in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific. Inhabits coastal reefs and reef lagoons. A nocturnal species that usually forming dense aggregations above branching corals or at cave entrances during the day.


Dorsal fin VII + I, 9; Anal fin II, 15-18; Pectoral fin 13-15; Lateral lie scales 25; Gill rakers (first arch incl rudiments) 4-8 + 14-18.

Species Citation

Apogon fucatus Cantor, 1850, J. Asiatic Soc. Bengal 18(2): 986. Type locality: Sea of Penang, Malaysia.


Dianne J. Bray

Painted Cardinalfish, Taeniamia fucata (Cantor 1850)


Allen, G.R. 1993. Cardinalfishes (Apogonidae) of Madang Province, Papua New Guinea, with descriptions of three new species. Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 20(1): 9-20. (as Archamia fucata)

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

Allen, G.R. 2009. Field Guide to Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-East Asia. Welshpool : Western Australian Museum Edn. 4, pp. 287. (as Archamia fucata)

Allen, G.R., Cross, N.J. & Hoese, D.F. 2006. Family Apogonidae. pp. 1081-1112 in Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. (as Archamia fucata)

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

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. (as Archamia fucata)

Cantor, T.E. 1850. Catalogue of Malayan fishes. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 18(2): 983-1443 pls 1-14 [dated 1849]

Coleman, N. 1981. Australian Sea Fishes North of 30°S. Lane Cove, NSW : Doubleday Australia Pty Ltd 297 pp. (as Archamia fucata)

Fraser, T.H. 2013. A new genus of cardinalfish (Apogonidae: Percomorpha), redescription of Archamia and resemblances and relationships with Kurtus (Kurtidae: Percomorpha). Zootaxa 3714(1): 1–63. (as Archamia fucata)

Gon, O. & Randall, J.E. 2003. Revision of the Indo-Pacific cardinalfish genus Archamia (Perciformes: Apogonidae), with description of a new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes 35: 1-49. (as Archamia fucata)

Hutchins, B. 2004. Fishes of the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 66: 343–398. (as Archamia fucata)

Hutchins, J.B. 1994. A survey of the nearshore reef fish fauna of Western Australia's west and south coasts — The Leeuwin Province. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 46: 1-66 figs 1-6 (as Archamia fucata)

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls. (as Archamia fucata)

Lachner, E.A. 1951. Studies of certain apogonid fishes from the Indo-Pacific, with descriptions of three new species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 101(3290): 581-610 fig. 105 pls 17-19 (as Archamia fucata)

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. (as Archamia fucata)

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp. (as Archamia fucata)

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. (as Archamia fucata)

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. (as Archamia fucata)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37327082

Biology:Paternal mouth brooder

Depth:2-60 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9.5 cm TL

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