Vincentia punctata

Orange Cardinalfish
Vincentia punctata
Vincentia punctata, Rockingham, WA, Photo: Tom Davis
Vincentia punctata
Vincentia punctata, Rockingham, WA, Photo: Tom Davis
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Vincentia punctata
Vincentia punctata


Temperate Australasia


Differs from the southern cardinal fish by having 2 spines and 10 rays in the anal fin rather than 2 spines and 7-9 rays. Has a relatively long distance between the end of the second dorsal fin and the start of the tail fin. Most often seen by divers at night when it moves out from caves to feed.


Max Size: 15 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 17.7-31°C

Depth: 5-30 m

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: Common (25.0% 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: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney