Ostorhinchus leptofasciatus (Allen 2001)

A Slenderline Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus leptofasciatus, in the Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, indonesia. Source: Gerald R. Allen / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A light coppery-mauve cardinalfish with a broad black stripe on the snout through the eye, a narrow brown stripe above the eye, a whitish lower head, a black oval-shaped bar on the caudal peduncle, a black anterior margin on first dorsal fin, and a black stripe along the anal and second dorsal-fin bases.

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Ostorhinchus leptofasciatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 30 Sep 2023, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4966

Ostorhinchus leptofasciatus (Allen 2001)

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Recorded in Australia from inshore reefs near Cape Bowling Green, Queensland. The species occurs elsewhere in the Philippines and West Papua, Indonesia.


Dorsal fin VII + I, 9; Anal fin II, 8; Vertebrae: 24. Predorsal scales 3-4. Preopercular margin minutely serrate; preopercular ridge mainly smooth except a few weak crenations on lower portion; body depth 3.0-3.2 in SL.


The specific name leptofasciatus is from the Greek leptos (= fine, thin, delicate) and Latin fasciatus (= banded) in reference to the narrow black stripes along the upper side.

Species Citation

Apogon leptofasciatus Allen,2001, Aqua, J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 4(4): 145, fig. 1. Type locality: Wruwarez Island, 0°47.103'S, 130°45.865E, off Batanta Island, Raja Ampat Islands, Irian Jaya Province, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Ostorhinchus leptofasciatus (Allen 2001)


Allen, G.R. 2001. Two new species of cardinalfishes (Apogonidae) from the Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 4(4): 143-149.

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

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.

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CAAB Code:37327182

Biology:Mouth brooder (males)

Depth:10-20 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:5 cm SL

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