Damselfishes. Dark brown to blackish in front and pale
to white in the rear, sometimes a patch of orange mid body and yellow
To be confused with
- Cocoa damselfish Stegastes variabilis.
- Yellowtail Damselfish Microspathodon chrysurus.
Size: 5 to 9 cm, max 10 cm.
Colour: Dark area may only cover upper head or exstand past midbody to base of tail. Pale area often yellowish near boundary, especially toward belly.
Shape: Body laterally flattened, oval in profile.
Habitat environment and ecology
Inhabits coral reefs. Found near the top of the coral heads, often in
the company of chromises. Agressively territorial, but tend to guard
only a small area.
BES-eilanden: St. Eustatius.
[Marleen Schouten, march 2016]; [Marion Haarsma, 2016]
- Humann, P., & DeLoach, N. (1989). Reef fish identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas.