Fibramia thermalis (Cuvier, 1829)
Fibramia thermalis (Cuvier, 1829)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Fibramia thermalis

English Name: Half-barred cardinalfish

Creole Name:

French Name: Apogon fibramia

IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (NE)


Dorsal spines: 7; Dorsal rays: 9; Anal spines: 2; Anal rays 8

Small cardinalfish. Tube of anterior nostril long. 3rd or 4th dorsal spine longest.

Colour. Grey translucent body with white lower head and belly. A broad dark stripe runs from snout through the eye, fading posterior 
to the operculum. Dark leading edge to the first dorsal fin and small caudal spot present. 


Maturity: Unknown. Max length: 8.5 cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits reef flats and sheltered lagoons, often in seagrass beds and near mangroves (depth 0-20 m). A nocturnal species, which forms small groups. 
Exhibits mouth brooding. Forms pairs during courtship and spawning.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is not subject to the artisanal fishery.


Photographed in mangroves. Port Launay, Mahé, Seychelles.


Bray, D.J. (2021). Fibramia thermalis in Fishes of Australia, (31/08/22). 
Froese, R. & D. Pauly. (Eds.) (2022). FishBase. (05/09/22). 
Mason-Parker, C. et al. (2021). Fibramia thermalis in Reef Fishes of Seychelles. John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd, UK. 
Smith, M. & Heemstra, P. (Eds.) (1999). Smiths’ Sea Fishes Edition 6. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 10.1007/978-3-642-82858-4


Mason-Parker, C. & Nevill, J.E.G. (2022). Fibramia thermalis, Half-barred cardinalfish. Seychelles Seatizens.

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