Coral Siphonfish, Siphamia corallicola Allen 1993

A Coral Siphonfish, Siphamia corallicola, in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. Source: Gerald R. Allen / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A small bioluminescent cardinalfish with a brown mottling or large blotches and silvery interspaces, and an indistinct dark spot on the tail base.

Video of a male Coral Siphonfish (aka Coral Cardinalfish) brooding a mouthful of eggs.

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Dianne J. Bray, Siphamia corallicola in Fishes of Australia, accessed 30 Jan 2020,

Coral Siphonfish, Siphamia corallicola Allen 1993

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Recorded in Australia from Flat Top Bank, Timor Sea, west of Darwin, NT. Occurs elsewhere in the tropical, west Pacific. Inhabits sheltered areas in lagoons and coastal inlets. Often hovers in groups above or within the pocilloporid coral Seriatopora hystrix.


Dorsal fin VIII + 9; Anal fin II, 8; Pectoral fin 11-12; Lateral line incomplete 6-13 tubed scales.
Light organ scattered with dark brown dots.


Forms breeding pairs.

Species Citation

Siphamia corallicola Allen, 1993, Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 20(1): 12, figs 4-6. Type locality: Tab Island, Madang, Papua New Guinea.


Dianne J. Bray

Coral Siphonfish, Siphamia corallicola Allen 1993


Allen, G.R. 1993. Cardinalfishes (Apogonidae) of Madang Province, Papua New Guinea, with descriptions of three new species. Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 20(1): 9-20.

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

Gon, O. & Allen, G.R. 2012. Revision of the Indo-Pacific cardinalfish genus Siphamia (Perciformes: Apogonidae). Zootaxa 3294: 1-84.

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:37327175


Depth:6-22 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3 cm SL

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