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Fibramia thermalis  (Cuvier, 1829)

Half-barred cardinal
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Apogonidae (Cardinalfishes) > Apogoninae
Etymology: Fibramia: Latin 'fibra' meaning thread or filament and the feminine Greek 'amia' often applied as an ending for some cardinalfish genera as well as an incorrect past usage as a cardinalfish genus. The name refers to two characteristics of the species in this genus, an elongate second dorsal spine in one species and the narrow, pale or dark mid-line on the body of two species..

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 0 - 20 m (Ref. 48635), usually 0 - 12 m (Ref. 90102).   Tropical, preferred ?

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Indo-Pacific: south to Natal, South Africa (Ref. 4329) and east to western Pacific.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 8. Black stripe from snout through eye to angle of opercle; tip of 1st dorsal present; caudal spot present (Ref. 4329, 48635). Sometimes has yellow barring on sides (Ref. 48635). 2-3 tiny black spots along base of dorsal fin; greatest depth of body 2.6-3.0 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in deep coastal reefs (Ref. 8631). Form small schools with outcrops on reef on sand to depths of 20 m (Ref. 48635); or among rocks or corals of shallow sheltered lagoons (Ref. 7300); often in seagrass beds (Ref. 37816). A nocturnal species (Ref. 7300).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Mouthbrooders (Ref. 240). Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning (Ref. 205).

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Kailola, P.J., 1991. The fishes of Papua New Guinea: a revised and annotated checklist. Vol. III. Gobiidae to Molidae. Research Bulletin No. 41, Research Section, Dept. of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Papua New Guinea. 153 p. (Ref. 6771)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.6250   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00646 (0.00275 - 0.01515), b=3.19 (2.99 - 3.39), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.50 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   High.