Paddlefish Cardinalfish, Pseudamia zonata Randall, Lachner & Fraser 1985

A Paddlefish Cardinalfish, Pseudamia zonata, in a cave in the Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, March 2018. Source: Mark Rosenstein / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

An elongate dark brown to blackish cardinalfish with a large rhomboidal-shaped tail, and three whitish to faintly reddish areas between the dark bars.

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Paddlefish Cardinalfish, Pseudamia zonata Randall, Lachner & Fraser 1985

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Recorded in the Australian EEZ from Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea off Queensland in depths of 10-35m. Inhabits poorly lit areas in caves.

Species Citation

Pseudamia zonata Randall, Lachner & Fraser 1985, Indo-Pacific Fishes 6: 17, pl. 1(d); figs 5-6. Type locality: cave off Tambuli Beach Hotel, east side of Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines. 


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

Paddlefish Cardinalfish, Pseudamia zonata Randall, Lachner & Fraser 1985


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

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.

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.

Randall, J.E., Lachner, E.A. & Fraser, T.H. 1985. A revision of the Indo-Pacific apogonid fish genus Pseudamia, with descriptions of three new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes 6: 1-23 pl. 1

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CAAB Code:37327183

Depth:10-35 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:21 cm TL

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