Mottled cardinalfish (Fowleria vaiulae) is a genus of fishes in the family Apogonidae.
Short description - Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 8. Mottled brown with 6 to 8 pale bars and 3 to 4 dark bands radiating from the eye.
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Occurs inshore in reef areas among Acropora corals.
Feeds on small invertebrates.
Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning.