Mini Cardinalfish, Larval Cardinalfish, Mini Cardinalfish, Neotenous Cardinalfish
Ostorhinchus neotes, Adult. Photo: Graham Edgar
Ostorhinchus neotes, Adult, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia, Photo: Joe Shields
Small with a transparent body and a large black spot on mid tail base, black sub-dermal stripe that runs from forehead to tail base and half stripe over pectoral fin. Both stripes edged with gold. Form aggregations. Some variations have red around spot on tail base.
Max Size: 4 cm
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (8% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Large aggregations (164 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland