A group of Fiveline Cardinalfish resting amongst staghorn coral during the daytime
© Andy Lewis
A small greyish white fish with five dark horizontal stripes, a yellow patch near the tail, and a black blotch near the tail that aligns with the middle stripe. Distinguish from the Wolf Cardinalfish by the thicker black stripes. Usually seen in loose groups near branching coral.
A nocturnal predator on crustacean zooplankton, these fish rest during the day close to the shelter of branching staghorn corals. They breed October - February, and the male fish hold the eggs in the mouth for 3-5days until the larvae hatch. Cardinalfishes have very short lifespans, becoming mature at 1 year old and living for only 3-5 years.
Areas of live branching coral (usually staghorn Acropora).
Found in most sheltered reef habitats around the island.
Measures of length
to 12 cm.
Predator-prey interactions in coral reef fish: the implications of predation risk on the behaviour and growth of prey, Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University.
LIRS catalog number 1296
The trophic and reproductive implications of mouthbrooding in apogonid fishes, Honours thesis, James Cook University.
LIRS catalog number 946
Barnett, A. and D.R. Bellwood
Sexual dimorphism in the buccal cavity of paternal mouthbrooding cardinalfishes (Pisces: Apogonidae), Marine Biology, 148: 205-212.
LIRS catalog number 1021
Barnett, A., D.R. Bellwood and A.S. Hoey
Trophic ecomorphology of cardinalfish, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 322: 249-257.
LIRS catalog number 1020
Devine, B.M., P.L. Munday and G.P. Jones
Homing ability of adult cardinalfish is affected by elevated carbon dioxide., Oecologia, doi: 10.1007/s00442-011-2081-2.
LIRS catalog number 1423
Doving, K.B., O.B. Stabell, S. Ostlund-Nilsson and R. Fisher
Site fidelity and homing in tropical coral reef cardinalfish: are they using olfactory cues?, Chemical Senses, 31: 265-272.
LIRS catalog number 990
Fogelman, R.M. and A.S. Grutter
Mancae of the parasitic cymothoid isopod, Anilocra apogonae: early life history, host specificity, and the effect on growth and survival of preferred young cardinal fishes, Coral Reefs, 27: 685-693.
LIRS catalog number 1146
Fogelman, R.M., A.M. Kuris and A.S. Grutter
Parasitic castration of a vertebrate: effect of the cymothoid isopod, Anilocra apogonae, on the five-lined cardinalfish, Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus, International Journal for Parsitology, 39: 577-583.
LIRS catalog number 1233
Gardiner, N.M. and G.P. Jones
Synergistic effects of habitat preference and gregarious behaviour on habitat use in coral reef cardinalfish., Coral Reefs, 29: 845-856.
LIRS catalog number 1393
Gardiner, N.M. and G.P. Jones
Habitat specialisation and overlap in a guild of coral reef cardinalfishes (Apogonidae), Marine Ecology Progress Series, 305: 163-175.
LIRS catalog number 90014
Heiniger, H. and R.D. Adlard
Host specificity and local infection dynamics of Kudoa leptacanthae n. sp. (Multivalvulida: Kudoidae) from the pericardial cavity of two Zoramia spp. (Perciformes: Apogonidae) at Lizard Island lagoon, Queensland, Australia., Parasitology International, 61: 697-706.
LIRS catalog number 1582
Hoey, A.S., D.R. Bellwood and A. Barnett
To feed or to breed: the morphological constraints of mouthbrooding., Proceedings of the Royal Society B, oi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.2769.
LIRS catalog number 1525
Jabbar, A., A. Asnoussi, L.J. Norbury, A. Eisenbarth, S. Shamsi, R.B. Gasser, A.L. Lopata and I. Beveridge
Larval anisakid nematodes in teleost fishes from Lizard Island, northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia., Marine and Freshwater Research, 63: 1283-1299.
LIRS catalog number 1584
Marnane, M.J. and D.R. Bellwood
Diet and nocturnal foraging in cardinalfishes (Apogonidae) at One Tree Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 231: 261-268.
LIRS catalog number 90013
Nilsson, G.E., J.-P.A. Hobbs and S. Ostlund-Nilsson
Tribute to P. L. Lutz: respiratory ecophysiology of coral-reef teleosts, The Journal of Experimental Biology, 210: 1673-1686.
LIRS catalog number 1043
Nilsson, G.E. and S Ostlund-Nilsson
Hypoxia in paradise: widespread hypoxia tolerance in coral reef fishes, Proceedings of the Royal Society London Ser. B. (Biology Letters Supplement, publised online 10.09.03), 271: S30-S33.
LIRS catalog number 798
Ostlund-Nilsson, S., L. Curtis, G. Nilsson and A.S. Grutter
Parasitic isopod Anilocra apogonae, a drag for the cardinal fish Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 287: 209-216.
LIRS catalog number 907
Siebeck, U.E. and N.J. Marshall
Ocular media transmission of coral reef fish - can coral reef fish see ultraviolet light?, Vision Research, 41: 133-149.
LIRS catalog number 889
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