Bengal Sergeant, Abudefduf bengalensis (Bloch 1787)

Other Names: Bengal Sergeant-major, Narrow-banded Sergeant Major, Palmer's Damsel-fish

A Bengal Sergeant, Abudefduf bengalensis, on Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, April 2009. Source: Erik Schlogl / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A whitish to pale greyish sergeant major with six or seven narrow black bands on the body and distinctly rounded caudal fin lobes.

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Bengal Sergeant, Abudefduf bengalensis (Bloch 1787)

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Recorded in Australia from about Rottnest Island, Western Australia, around the tropical north to Wollongong, New South Wales on the east coast; also at Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific. 
Usually inhabits inshore coral and rocky reefs and protected lagoons - either singly or in small groups - usually in relatively shallow waters.


Omnivore - feeds on algae, gastropods molluscs and small crustaceans.


The species is named bengalensis after the type locality, Bengal, India.

Species Citation

Chaetodon bengalensis Bloch, 1787, Naturgesch. der ausländisch. Fische 3: 110. Type locality: Bengal.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Bengal Sergeant, Abudefduf bengalensis (Bloch 1787)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372003

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-50 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:17 cm TL

Species Maps

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