Bulls-eye Cardinalfish, Apogonichthyoides atripes (Ogilby 1916)

Other Names: Blackfinned Cardinalfish

A Bulls-eye Cardinalfish, Apogonichthyoides atripes, on the Gold Coast Seaway, Queensland, June 2015. Source: debaston / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A brown cardinalfish with an ocellated spot on the body that is larger than the eye pupil, the second dorsal fin dark near base, and the outer part of the soft dorsal and caudal fins translucent whitish to yellow.

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Dianne J. Bray, Apogonichthyoides atripes in Fishes of Australia, accessed 12 Jul 2020,

Bulls-eye Cardinalfish, Apogonichthyoides atripes (Ogilby 1916)

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Known in Australia from Shark Bay, Western Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to at least South West Rocks, New South Wales. Inhabits sheltered coastal bays and estuaries, preferring areas with sponges and soft-corals.

Species Citation

Amia nigripes Ogilby, 1916, Proc. Royal Soc. Qld 28: 116. Type locality: Sandgate, Queensland, Australia


Dianne J. Bray

Bulls-eye Cardinalfish, Apogonichthyoides atripes (Ogilby 1916)


Fraser, T.H. 2010. A new deepwater species of the genus Apogonichthyoides (Apogonidae) from the Timor Sea, north-western Australia. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 16(3): 93-100.

Fraser, T.H. & Allen, G.R. 2010. Cardinalfish of the genus Apogonichthyoides Smith, 1949 (Apogonidae) with a description of a new species from the West Pacific region. Zootaxa 2348: 40–56.

Fraser, T.H. & Allen, G.R. 2011. A new cardinalfish of the genus Apogonichthyoides (Perciformes, Apogonidae) from Raja Ampat Islands, with a key to species. Zootaxa 3095: 63-68.

Gon, O. 2000. The taxonomic status of the cardinalfish species Apogon niger, A. nigripinnis, A. pharaonis, A. sialis, and related species (Perciformes: Apogonidae). The J.L.B Smith Institute of Ichthyology Special Publication 65: 1-20.

Ogilby, J.D. 1916. Three undescribed Queensland fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 28: 112-116. Ref at BHL

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CAAB Code:37327129

Depth:6-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9 cm TL


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