Tail-eye Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus ocellicaudus (Allen, Randall & Kuiter 1994)

Other Names: Tail-eye Cardinalfish, Tailspot Cardinalfish

A Tail-eye Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus ocellicaudus, in Flores, Indonesia. Source: Gerald R. Allen / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A semi-transparent cardinalfish with a dark stripe on the snout and a large black ocellated spot on most of the caudal-fin base. 
Recorded from the Australian territory of Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea.

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Tail-eye Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus ocellicaudus (Allen, Randall & Kuiter 1994)

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Ashmore Reef, Timor SeaI. Eslewhere the species occurs in Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Fiji.  Inhabits sandy or rubble reef slopes, around ledges at the base of large coral formations.


Dorsal fin VIII, 9; Anal fin II, 8; Pectoral fin 14; Lateral line scales 24; Predorsal scales 5; Gill rakers 3+15 (rarely14), excluding 2-3 rudiments on upper limb; Vertebrae 24. 
Body depth 2.9-3.4 in SL; preopercular margin serrate; preopercular ridge very weakly serrate around angle.

Species Citation

Apogon ocellicaudus Allen, Kuiter & Randall 1994, Rev. Fr. Aquariol. 21(1-2): 28. Type locality: East Pass, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea [12°10'S, 123°05'E]. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Tail-eye Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus ocellicaudus (Allen, Randall & Kuiter 1994)


Allen, G.R. 1993. Fishes of Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 44: 67-91.

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

Allen, G.R. 2009. Field Guide to Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-East Asia. Welshpool : Western Australian Museum Ed. 4, pp. 287.

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

Allen, G.R., Kuiter, R.H. & Randall, J.E. 1994. Descriptions of five new species of cardinalfishes (Apogonidae: Apogon) from Maumere Bay, Flores, Indonesia and surrounding regions. Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 21(1–2): 27-38.

Fraser, T.H. 2012. A new species of deeper dwelling West Pacific cardinalfish (Percomorpha: Apogonidae) with a redescription of Ostorhinchus atrogaster. Zootaxa 3492: 77-84.

Kuiter, R.H. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 1. Eels- Snappers, Muraenidae - Lutjanidae. Australia : Zoonetics pp. 1-302.
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:37327177

Biology:Mouth brooder

Depth:15-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:5 cm SL

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