Yamba Cardinalfish, Foa yamba Fraser 2014

A Yamba Cardinalfish, Foa yamba, in Long Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, 1974. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A small dusky brown cardinalfish covered in small darkish spots and diffuse whitish markings, usually with 9 pored lateral-line scales, and a pattern of regular spots on the second dorsal and anal fins, and three white spots on the caudal-fin base. Juveniles and young fish have three regular bars along the side.  
This small cryptic cardinalfish is repotedly common in Sydney Harbour, New South Wales.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Foa yamba in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 Sep 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/5091

Yamba Cardinalfish, Foa yamba Fraser 2014

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Clarence River, Yamba, to Sydney, New South Wales. Usually inhabits open soft bottom areas near outcrops or debris in bays and tidal estuaries.


The specific name yamba is an Australian aboriginal word of uncertain meanings. One meaning refers to a kind of oyster. The other meaning refers to the headland near the river mouth and is the name of the town of Yamba at the mouth of the Clarence River - the type locality of Foa yamba.

Species Citation

Foa yamba Fraser, 2014, Zootaxa 3878 (2): 172, figs 4-7. Type locality: Australia, New South Wales, Iluka Marina, along rock shore [29.41750°S 153.35550°E].


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Yamba Cardinalfish, Foa yamba Fraser 2014


Fraser, T.A. 2014. Foa yamba, a new species of cardinalfish (Percomorpha: Apogonidae: Apogonichthyini) from the tidal region of the Clarence River, Australia and redescriptions of the West Pacific Foa longimana and Foa hyalina. Zootaxa 3878 (2): 167–178.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37327186

Biology:Mouth brooder (males)

Depth:0.5-6 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:5 cm SL


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