|Latin name||Ostorhinchus moluccensis - (Valenciennes, 1832)|
|Common name||Moluccan cardinalfish|
|Family||Apogonidae - Ostorhinchus|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean, Australia, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific|
|Max length||9.0 cm (3.5")|
As aquarium fish
Can be a threat towards small crustaceans
This species can be a threat towards small crustaceans, e.g. small shrimp.
This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.
Can coexist with its own species
Several specimen of this species can coexist in the same aquarium, provided they are introduced simultaneously.
Hides itself amongst anemones
This species can sometimes be found hiding between anemones or similar.
Formerly classified as Apogon
Species are sometimes reclassified. This species was formerly classified as a member of the Apogon genus.
Family description (Apogonidae)
Cardinalfish come in many different shapes and colours, generally they are well suited for aquaria.
Cardinalfish have a large mouth and a big appetite, take this into account with feeding the other fish. These fish typically live off of Artemia, Mysis and krill. In the aquarium they will eat anything they can.
They will sometimes eat small shrimps and fish, so do be aware of this, but it is not normally a problem.
It is possible to keep several species together, if space allows. Some species will form small shoals. They are normally peaceful towards other fish, but will sometimes fight among themselves if there isn't sufficient space or food.
Many species are nocturnal and will therefore often seek a hiding place during the day. This can be between stones, SPS corals and, in some cases, in an anemone and between spines of Sea urchins.
Cardinalfish are a good choice if ones wishes to attempt to start a breeding tank.
|Distribution||Indo-Pacific: South Africa and India eastward to Fiji; north to Taiwan, south to Australia.|
|English common names||Yellow-eye cardinalfish, Moluccan cardinalfish, Moluccen cardinalfish|
|Danish common names||Bugstribet kardinalfisk|
References and further reading
Scott W. Michael. 2001. Basslets, Dottybacks & Hawkfishes: v. 2 (Reef Fishes) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. Cardinalfishes, Family Apogonidae, Pt. 1, Pt. 2 - Wet Web Media - (English)
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).
|shoal group, eats shrimp, cardinal|