Redbarred cardinalfish
  • Archamia fucata
  • EnglishName: Redbarredcardinalfish
  • Local Name : Lah fathaa
  • Size : Max. 9 cm
  • Family: Order : Specimen
  • Distinctive Characters: First dorsal fin with 6-7 spines and second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 7-8 rays. Anal fin with 2 spines and 15-18 rays. Pectoral fin with 14 rays. Body depth 2.7 in standard length. Small, robust fish. Hind margin of preoperculum finely serrated. Pectoral fin shorter than head length. Mouth relatively large to capture big prey. Colour: Iridescent silvery with about twenty five vertical orange lines, which curve forward as they pass ventrally on body. Dark spots apparent on the cheek. A distinct black spot on either side of the caudal peduncle. Fins yellow.
  • Habitat and Biology: Usually seen in aggregations in the shelter of reefs or rock substrata particularly in lagoons to depths of 60 m. Forms schools among branching corals.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Archamia fucata is sometimes used by Maldivian fishermen for bait, although it is not a major bait species.