Similar cardinalfish, Nectamia similis Fraser 2008

A Similar Cardinalfish, Nectamia similis, at Pavuvu Island, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, November 2014. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A brownish to bronze cardinalfish with 6-7 narrow pale greyish to white bars on the side, a broad white band followed by a broad dark band around the caudal peduncle, a diagonal wedge-shaped bar below the eye, and narrow white margins on the dorsal, caudal and anal fins.
The Similar Cardinalfish is known from Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Nectamia similis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 Mar 2023,

Similar cardinalfish, Nectamia similis Fraser 2008

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Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Western Pacific, from Indonesia to Micronesia, and north to the Philippines.


Dorsal fin VII + I,9; anal fin II,8; Pectoral fin usually 13; Lateral line scales 24; gill rakers 5-7 + 17-20.Greatest body depth 2.2-2.3 in SL.


The specific name is from the Latin similis meaning like, in reference to the pale bars on the body similar to Nectamia luxuria and the saddles and caudal mark similar to N. bandanensis.

Species Citation

Nectamia similis Fraser 2008, Zootaxa 1691: 37, Figs Figures 3C, 6A, 14–15, 18. Type locality: Indonesia, Banda Sea, Kabaena Island VGS 74-1.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Similar cardinalfish, Nectamia similis Fraser 2008


Fraser, T.H., 2008. Cardinalfishes of the genus Nectamia (Apogonidae, Perciformes) from the Indo-Pacific region with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa 1691: 1-52.

Quick Facts

Behaviour:1-12 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL

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