Taeniamia zosterophora

Girdled cardinalfish | Blackbelted Cardinalfish | Archamia zosterophora
Taeniamia zosterophora
Taeniamia zosterophora, QLD, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Taeniamia zosterophora
Taeniamia zosterophora, adult, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Taeniamia zosterophora
Taeniamia zosterophora


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Translucent with a wide indistinct dark girdle (occasionally absent), two narrow red bars behind eye and irridescent blue on eyes and snout. Small black spot on tail base distinguishes from T. laei.


Max Size: 8 cm

Sea Temperature Range: N/A

Depth: 1-40m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (3.6% 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 (163 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