Southern Cardinalfish

Cardinalfish southern
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

bag limit5


possession limit10


boat limit-

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Minimum size


Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.

Other names

orange cardinalfish, southern gobbleguts

Scientific name

Vincentia conspersa

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Identifying features

​This cardinalfish is small with an oval shaped body, tall dorsal fins and large pelvic fins. It is reddish brown in colour with small dark brown spots scattered across the head and body. Relatively large eyes as these fish are most often observed feeding at night after being beneath ledges or in caves during the day. They have a large mouth which can take large baits hence the name gobbleguts.


Found on coastal reefs to a depth of 65m.

Fishing information

These fish are rarely encountered by fishers although occasional specimens may be taken off wharfs and jetties near where they hide during the day. Male cardinalfish are known to hold fertilized eggs in the mouth during the spawning season.


Cardinalfish are very delicate and their scales easily removed so use wet hands or towel to release.


Fishwatch Report illegal fishing

0427 655 557

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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550