Fowleria is a genus of fishes in the family Apogonidae native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The name of this genus honors the American ichthyologist Henry Weed Fowler ((1878-1965)) of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, who attended Stanford University, where he was a student of David Starr Jordan's.[1]

Fowleria marmorata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Kurtiformes
Family: Apogonidae
Subfamily: Apogoninae
Genus: Fowleria
D. S. Jordan & Evermann, 1903
Type species
Apogon auritus
Valenciennes, 1831


The recognized species in this genus are:[2]

  • Fowleria aurita (Valenciennes, 1831) (crosseyed cardinalfish)
  • Fowleria flammea G. R. Allen, 1993
  • Fowleria isostigma (D. S. Jordan & Seale, 1906) (dotted cardinalfish)
  • Fowleria marmorata (Alleyne & W. J. Macleay, 1877) (marbled cardinalfish)
  • Fowleria polystigma (Bleeker, 1854)
  • Fowleria punctulata (Rüppell, 1838) (spotcheek cardinalfish)
  • Fowleria vaiulae (D. S. Jordan & Seale, 1906) (mottled cardinalfish)
  • Fowleria variegata (Valenciennes, 1832) (variegated cardinalfish)


  1. Christopher Scharpf & Kenneth J. Lazara (31 May 2018). "Order KURTIFORMES (Nurseryfishes and Cardinalfishes)". The ETYFish Project Fish Name Etymology Database. Christopher Scharpf and Kenneth J. Lazara. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  2. Mabuchi, K., Fraser, T.H., Song, H., Azuma, Y. & Nishida, M. (2014): Revision of the systematics of the cardinalfishes (Percomorpha: Apogonidae) based on molecular analyses and comparative reevaluation of morphological characters. Zootaxa, 3846 (2): 151–203.

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