Archamia fucata   (Cantor,  1849) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Max. size: 10.0 cm TL

Color: Silvery, sometimes with yellow to orange hue with 20-23 narrow curved orange lines, the first 2 bars behind the opercle sometimes unite to form a diffuse vertically elongate orange mark between pectoral fin base and lateral line, yellow stripe from tip of snout to posterior end of orbit, edged in narrow iridescent blue reaching onto eye above and below pupil, cheek with dark dots, sometimes forming a wide dark cheek mark, large dark caudal spot, frequently diffuse in large adults, spot of juveniles smaller, about pupil size, fins pale, but leading edge of first dorsal fin, and sometimes second dorsal, pale orange, anal fin sometimes with faint orange basal stripe, tip of first 1-2 rays sometimes white.

Body depth 2.3-2.9 in SL; body width 2.1-2.8 in body depth; eye diameter 2.7-3.5 in head length; first dorsal spine 1.5-2.7 in second spine; second dorsal spine 2.0-2.7, and third dorsal spine 2.2-2.7 in head length; spine of second dorsal fin 2.3-2.9, and second anal spine 2.5-3.2 in head length; pelvic-fin length 4.25-5.2 and caudal-peduncle length 4.7-6.8 in SL; distance from insertion of pelvic spine to anal-fin origin 3.9-5.6 in SL. Posterior preopercular edge variable, usually with few or no serrae above angle; ventral preopercular edge serrate on posterior two-thirds. Scaly sheath along anal-fin base moderately developed. Dorsal spines (total): 7-7, Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9, Anal spines: 2, Anal soft rays: 15-18.

Dioecious, external fertilization, bearers, external brooders, mouthbrooders, distinct pairing during courtship and spawning.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Apogon fucatus Cantor, 1850
Apogon fucatus Cantor, 1849
(Senior synonym)
Apogon kagoshimanus Doderlein, 1883
(Junior synonym)
Apogon macropteroides Bleeker, 1852
(Junior synonym)
Apogon sansibaricus Pfeffer, 1893
(Junior synonym)
Archamia dispilus Lachner, 1951
(Junior synonym)
Archamia fucata (Cantor, 1849)
(Senior synonym)
Archamia irida Gon & Randall, 1995
(Junior synonym)
Archamia lineolata (non Cuvier, 1828)
(Misapplied name)
Apogon lineolatus Weber and de Beaufort, 1929
Apogon macropterus Day, 1878
Archamia fucata Jones, 1969
Archamia lineolata Smith, 1949
Archamia lineolatus Munro, 1955
Archamia fuctata (Cantor, 1849)

Common Name (s)
• Narrowlined Cardinalfish (English)
• Rybodi (Mahl)
• Chonnapoothan (Malayalam)
• Orangelined Cardinalfish (English)
• Spotted Cardinalfish
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Used as bait in the tuna fishery, ornamental fish)
Cultured:  Unknown

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic crustaceans


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Cheriyapanniyam INDIA (Record: 01/1988-02/1988)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Baliyapaniyam INDIA (Record: 01/1988-02/1988)
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 05/01/1987-06/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Perumal Par INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Parli INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Tinnakara INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep Islands INDIA (Record: 11/1993-01/1997)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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