Hyaline Cardinalfish, Foa hyalina (Smith & Radcliffe 1912)

A Hyaline Cardinalfish, Foa hyalina, at Madang, Papua New Guinea. Source: Gerald R. Allen / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A pearly transparent cardinalfish with brownish or reddish stripes radiating from the eyes, five reddish or brownish-red bars on the body from the nape to below the level of the middle of the second dorsal fin, and fine brown mottling on the spinous dorsal and pelvic fins.
The species is very well-camouflaged amongst soft corals of the genus Sinularia.

Video of a Hyaline Cardinalfish amongst soft corals at Cebu, Philippines.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Foa hyalina in Fishes of Australia, accessed 26 Sep 2023, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4219

Hyaline Cardinalfish, Foa hyalina (Smith & Radcliffe 1912)

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Scott Reef, Western Australia, depth 7-10 m. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west-central Pacific (Philippines to Australia and Palau). Individuals shelter among soft corals of the genus Sinularia.

Species Citation

Amia hyalina Smith & Radcliffe 1912, Proceedings of the United States National Museum 41: 433, Pl. 36 (fig. 3). Type locality: Talisse Island, north of Sulawesi, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Hyaline Cardinalfish, Foa hyalina (Smith & Radcliffe 1912)


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

Fraser, T.H. 2014. Foa yamba, a new species of cardinalfish (Percomorpha: Apogonidae: Apogonichthyini) from the tidal region of the Clarence River, Australia and redescriptions of the West Pacific Foa longimana and Foa hyalina. Zootaxa 3878(2): 167–178

Kuiter, R.H. & Kozawa, T. 2001. Apogonidae Pictorial Guide Fishes of the Indo-West Pacific, 2nd Ed. Aquatic Photographics: Seaford, Australia,130 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Indonesian Reef Fishes. Part 1. Eels- Snappers, Muraenidae - Lutjanidae. Australia : Zoonetics pp. 1-302. (as Apogonichthys hyalina)

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:37327185

Biology:Mouth brooder (males)

Depth:2-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated, soft corals

Max Size:5 cm SL

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