spotted-gill cardinalfish

Scientific name Ostorhinchus chrysopomus
Descriptor Bleeker
Year of description 1854
IUCN category (World) LC
Family Apogonidae
Genus Ostorhinchus
Ostorhinchus chrysopomus Ostorhinchus chrysopomus


Ostorhinchus chrysopomus, commonly known as spotted-gill cardinalfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    8 cm
  • Maximum size
    10 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes
  • Average size
    8 cm
  • Maximum size
    10 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes

How to recognize the spotted-gill cardinalfish ?

The spotted-gill cardinalfish measures between 8 and 10 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly jaune and beige body. The also has noir horizontal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in shoals
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The spotted-gill cardinalfish is a fish living in shoals naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although the spotted-gill cardinalfish is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare incubateur buccal paternel

The spotted-gill cardinalfish is a fish ovipare incubateur buccal paternel. This fish protects its eggs from nearby predators.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    26 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    2 - 25 m

Biotope presentation

The spotted-gill cardinalfish is most often found at a depth between 2m and 25m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

A preliminary checklist of the cardinalfishes (Actinopterygii: Gobiiformes: Apogonidae) of Singapore - Heok Hee Ng - Kelvin Kok Peng Lim - Check List - 2014.

First comprehensive list of the coral reef fishes of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Sabah, Malaysia (Borneo) - Ditch Townsend - Check List - 2015.

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