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Taeniamia melasma  (Lachner & Taylor, 1960)

Blackspot cardinalfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Apogonidae (Cardinalfishes)
Etymology: Taeniamia: Name from feminine Latin noun 'taenia' meaning ribbon or band; and feminine Greek noun 'Amia' meaning a fish, often used with cardinalfishes genera. Here as Taeniamia referring to the vertical wide bars and near vertical to curved narrow bars as lines on most of the species in this genus..

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 2 - 12 m (Ref. 90102).   Subtropical

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Western Pacific: Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea (Ref. 90102); including Australia (Ref. 94127)..

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.6 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 14 - 19. Colour pale pinkish grey with black band under the eye; a large black spot above upper posterior edge of opercle; numerous narrow orange bars on side. Differs from T. biguttata in lacking the spot on the caudal-fin base and having a diffuse dark bar directly below the large spot above the gill cover (Ref. 90102).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits sheltered coastal reefs, often in silty areas. Forms small aggregagations, usually among branching Acropora corals (unlike Archamia biguttata which prefers caves and ledges) (Ref. 90102).

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Fraser, T.H., 2013. A new genus of cardinalfish (Apogonidae: Percomorpha) redescription of Archamia and the resemblances and relationships with Kurtus (Kurtidae: Percomorpha). Zootaxa 3714(1):001-063. (Ref. 94127)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 26.6 - 29.3, mean 28.7 (based on 1047 cells; Ref. 115970).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5001   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .