Also known as Narrow-lined Cardinalfish, Painted Cardinal, Painted Cardinalfish, Red-barred Cardinal, Red-barred Cardinalfish.
Found in dense schools during the day often sheltering at the entrance to caves or amongst branching corals, dispersing at night to feed over silty, coral, mud, rubble and sandy bottoms of sheltered bays, lagoons, mangroves and patch reefs.
They feed nocturnally on crustaceans, fish and zooplankton
Length - 9cm
Depth - 2-60m
Males incubate their eggs inside their mouths, as the egg masses increase in size they can be found with wide open mouths where they shift the eggs around to aerate the egg masses. Ref: https://fishbase.org/summary/Taeniamia-fucata