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Updated 6/28/2016

Family Pomacentridae

Damselfishes and Anemonefishes

The damselfish family contains a great number of species found in warm seas worldwide.  They have a variety of specialized roles as territorial algal farmers, planktivores, or partners living  commensally with sea anemones.  The sexes are indistinguishable but males are responsible for nest-making and defending the eggs from hungry wrasses and butterflyfishes.  At this time they might display a nuptial color pattern.  Avoid getting too close to a nest since it distracts the male allowing predators to start a feeding frenzy that consumes the entire clutch in seconds.
Anemonefishes, also known as Clownfishes, are commensal with certain species of anemones and occur throughout the Indo-Pacific but are absent from Hawai�i and the Atlantic.  The Australian Musuem Online has the latest facts about the sting-resistance of these interesting fishes.

 

HAWAII

Abudefduf abdominalis   

HAWAIIAN SERGEANT     mamo

 

 

Abudefduf vaigiensis

INDO-PACIFIC SERGEANT

Abudefduf  hybrid

HYBRID SERGEANT

Abudefduf sordidus

BLACKSPOT SERGEANT     kūpīpī

 

 

Chromis agilis

 AGILE CHROMIS

 

Chromis hanui  

CHOCOLATE-DIP CHROMIS

Chromis leucura

WHITETAIL CHROMIS

 

Chromis vanderbilti

BLACKFIN CHROMIS

 

Chromis ovalis   

OVAL CHROMIS, Juvenile

 

 

Chromis ovalis

OVAL CHROMIS

Dascyllus albisella    

HAWAIIAN DASCYLLUS, Juvenile

 

 

Dascyllus albisella

HAWAIIAN DASCYLLUS

 

Plectroglyphidodon imparipennis

BRIGHT-EYE DAMSELFISH

 

Plectroglyphidodon johnstonianus

BLUE-EYE DAMSELFISH

 

Plectroglyphidodon phoenixensis

PHOENIX DAMSELFISH

 

Plectroglyphidodon sindonis

ROCK DAMSELFISH

  Stegastes marginatus   

HAWAIIAN GREGORY

 

Chromis verater   

THREESPOT CHROMIS

 


INDO-PACIFIC

 

Amphiprion clarkii

CLARK'S ANEMONEFISH

 

Amphiprion frenatus

 TOMATO CLOWNFISH

Amphiprion ocellaris

CLOWN ANEMONEFISH

 

Amphiprion percula

ORANGE CLOWNFISH

Amphiprion perideraion

PINK ANEMONEFISH

 

Amphiprion sandaracinos

WHITESTRIPE or YELLOW SKUNK ANEMONEFISH

Premnas biaculeatus

SPINECHEEK ANEMONEFISH

 

Chromis acares

MIDGET CHROMIS

 

Abudefduf sexfasciatus

SIX-BAR or SCISSORSTAIL SERGEANT

 

Abudefduf semptemfasciatus

SEVEN-BAR SERGEANT

 

Chrysiptera glauca 

GRAY DAMSELFISH

 

Amblyglyphidodon curacao

STAGHORN DAMSELFISH

 

Chromis analis

YELLOW CHROMIS

 

Chromis atripectoralis

BLACKSPOT CHROMIS

Chromis caudalis

BLUE-AXIL CHROMIS

 

Chromis iomelas

HALF-AND-HALF CHROMIS

Chromis xanthura

 VARIABLE CHROMIS, Juvenile

 

Chromis xanthura

 VARIABLE CHROMIS

Pomacentrus auriventris

GOLD- or YELLOW-BELLY DAMSELFISH

 

Chrysiptera taupou

SAMOAN DAMSELFISH or SOUTH SEAS DEVIL

 

Chrysiptera rollandi

ROLLAND'S DAMSELFISH

 

Chrysiptera rex 

KING DAMSELFISH

 

Plectroglyphidodon lacrymatus

JEWEL DAMSELFISH

 

Plectroglyphidodon leucozonus

WHITEBAR DAMSELFISH

 

Neoglyphidodon melas

BOWTIE DAMSELFISH, Juvenile

 

Neoglyphidodon melas

BOWTIE DAMSELFISH

Stegastes albifasciatus

WHITEBAR GREGORY

 

Stegastes fasciolatus

SOUTH PACIFIC GREGORY

Stegastes nigricans

DUSKY GREGORY

 

Dischistodus perspicillatus

WHITE DAMSELFISH

 

Dascyllus aruanus

HUMBUG DASCYLLUS

 

Pomacentrus coelestis

NEON DAMSELFISH

Neoglyphidodon nigroris

YELLOWFIN DAMSELFISH

 

Dischistodus melanotus


BLACK-VENT DAMSELFISH
Dascyllus reticulatus

RETICULATE DASCYLLUS

 

Dascyllus trimaculatus

THREE-SPOT DASCYLLUS


JAPAN

Chromis fumea

SMOKY CHROMIS    Matsuba-suzumedai

 


INDIAN OCEAN

Pomacentrus similis

SIMILAR DAMSELFISH

 


CALIFORNIA

 

Hypsypops rubicunda

GARIBALDI, Juvenile

 

Hypsypops rubicunda

GARIBALDI

 

Chromis punctipinnis

BLACKSMITH

 


TROPICAL EASTERN PACIFIC

Chromis atrilobata

SCISSORSTAIL CHROMIS

 

Microspathodon dorsalis

GIANT DAMSELFISH

 

Chromis limbaughi

LIMBAUGH'S CHROMIS, Juvenile

 

Chromis limbaughi

LIMBAUGH'S CHROMIS

Stegastes acapulcoensis

ACAPULCO GREGORY, Juvenile

Stegastes acapulcoensis

ACAPULCO GREGORY

 

Stegastes flavilatus

BEAUBRUMMEL GREGORY, Juvenile

Stegastes flavilatus

BEAUBRUMMEL GREGORY

 


TROPICAL WESTERN ATLANTIC

Chromis cyanea

BLUE CHROMIS

 

Chromis multilineata

BROWN CHROMIS

 

Abudefduf saxatilis

CARIBBEAN SERGEANT

 

Microspathodon chrysurus

YELLOWTAIL DAMSELFISH

 

Stegastes partitus

BICOLOR DAMSELFISH

 

Stegastes leucostictus

BEAU GREGORY, Juvenile

 

Stegastes planifrons

THREESPOT DAMSELFISH, Juvenile

 

Stegastes planifrons

THREESPOT DAMSELFISH, Adult