Girdled Cardinalfish, Taeniamia zosterophora (Bleeker 1856)

Other Names: Girdled Cardinal

A Girdled Cardinalfish, Taeniamia zosterophora, at Colonia, State of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A semi-transparent pale pinkish to greyish cardinalfish with two narrow orange to reddish bars behind the eye, a small black spot on the caudal peduncle, usually a broad black band below the second dorsal fin, and iridescent blue lines from the snout through the eyes. Girdled Cardinalfish are bioluminescent, and usually shelter among branching corals during the day.

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Girdled Cardinalfish, Taeniamia zosterophora (Bleeker 1856)

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Offshore reefs of NW Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Western Pacific from Indonesia to Vanuatu, north to southern Japan. Occurs in dense aggregations among or above branching corals in sheltered lagoons and bays.


Species of Archamia are bioluminescent, with internal light organs.

Species Citation

Apogon zosterophorus, Bleeker, 1856, Acta Societatis Regiae Scientiarum Indo-Neêrlandicae 1(6): 36. Type locality: Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Girdled Cardinalfish, Taeniamia zosterophora (Bleeker 1856)


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

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

Bleeker, P. 1856. Beschrijvengen van nieuwe of weinig bekende vischsoorten van Menado en Makassar grootendeels verzameld op eene reis naar den Molukschen Archipel in het gevolg van den Gouverneur-Generaal Duymaer van Twist. Acta Societatis Scientiarum Indo-Neerlandicae 1: 1-80.

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.

Gardiner, N.M. & Jones, G.P. 2010. Synergistic effects of habitat preference and gregarious behaviour on habitat use in coral reef cardinalfish. Coral Reefs 29: 845-856

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): 49 pp. (as Archamia zosterophora)

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 zosterophora)

Kuiter, R.H. & Kozawa, T. 2019. Cardinalfishes of the world. New edition. Seaford, Victoria: Aquatic Photographics, and Okazaki, Aichi, Japan: Anthias, Nexus, 198 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 1. Eels- Snappers, Muraenidae - Lutjanidae. Zoonetics, Australia. 302 pp. (as Archamia zosterophora)

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

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 zosterophora)

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CAAB Code:37327085

Behaviour:8 cm TL



Depth:1-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated

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