Spinyhead Cardinalfish (species: Pristiapogon kallopterus) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pristiapogon kallopterus
Spinyhead Cardinalfish


©Anne Hoggett: Pristiapogon kallopterus at North Point, Lizard Island.

©Andy Lewis: Pristiapogon kallopterus at the Ribbon Reefs, North Queensland.

©Anne Hoggett: Pristiapogon kallopterus in a cavern on reef slope near South Island, Lizard Island group. This one lacks a brown stripe.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Apogonidae
Genus Pristiapogon
Species Pristiapogon kallopterus

Colours

                             

Distinguishing features

Pale pinkish brown with darker scale edges; a broad brown stripe that does not extend to a black spot in the centre of the tail base (sometimes lacking); leading edge of first dorsal fin is yellow.

Size

  • Up to 15 cm (Length according to Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.

Synonyms

Distribution


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources

References

References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Luehrmann, M. (2018). Colour vision diversity in coral reef fishes: Cardinalfish (Apogonidae). PhD thesis, University of Queensland. LIRS catalog number 2325.