Banded Damsel, Dischistodus darwiniensis (Whitley 1928)

Other Names: Banded Damsel-fish

A Banded Damsel, Dischistodus darwiniensis, in Cygnet Bay in the Kimberley, Western Australia, October 2012. Source: Western Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved

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Banded Damsel, Dischistodus darwiniensis (Whitley 1928)

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Mangrove Islands, Western Australia, to the Gove Peninsula, Northern Territory.
Inhabits silty inshore reefs and tidepools.

Species Citation

Pomacentrus darwiniensis Whitley 1928, Rec. Aust. Mus. 16(6): 297. Type locality: Darwin, NT. (nom. nov. for Dascyllus fasciatus Macleay, 1878).


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Banded Damsel, Dischistodus darwiniensis (Whitley 1928)


Allen, G.R. 1975. Damselfishes of the South Seas. New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 237 pp. 251 figs. (p. 131, in part as Dischistodus fasciatus, considered a senior synonym)

Allen, G.R. 1991. Damselfishes of the World. Melle, Germany : Mergus Verlag 271 pp. (as Dischistodus fasciatus)

Allen, G.R. 1993. Two new species of damselfishes (Pomacentrus) with comments on the validity of two additional pomacentrid fishes. Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 20(1): 21-26 9 figs

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls.

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls.

Blaber, S.J.M., Young, J.W. & Dunning, M.C. 1985. Community structure and zoogeographic affinities of the coastal fishes of the Dampier region of north-western Australia. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 36: 247-266. (as Pomacentrus darwiniensis)

Hutchins, J.B. 2001. Biodiversity of shallow reef fish assemblages in Western Australia using a rapid censusing technique. Records of the Western Australian Museum 20: 247-270.

Klunzinger, C.B. 1880. Die von Müller'sche Sammlung australischer Fische in Stuttgart. Sitzungsberichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien 80(1): 325-430 pls 1-9 (p. 397, as Pomacentrus fasciatus)

Larson, H.K. & Williams, R.S. 1997. Darwin Harbour fishes: a survey and annotated checklist. pp. 339-380 in Hanley, H.R., Caswell, G., Megirian, D. & Larson, H.K. (eds) The Marine Flora and Fauna of Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia. Proceedings of the Sixth International Marine Biology Workshop. Darwin : Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 466 pp.

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293.

Macleay, W.J. 1878. The fishes of Port Darwin. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1 2(4): 344-367 pls 7-10 (p. 361, pl. 10(2) as Dascyllus fasciatus, a junior homonym of Pomacentrus fasciatus Cuvier, 1830) See ref at BHL

Sin, T.M., Teo, M.M. & Ng, P.K.L. 1995. Dischistodus darwiniensis (Whitley), a valid species of damselfish (Teleostei: Pomacentridae), distinct from Dischistodus fasciatus (Cuvier). The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 43(1): 143–155

Whitley, G.P. 1929. Some fishes of the order Amphiprioniformes. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 9(3): 207-246 figs 1-4 pls 27-28 (p. 237, as Pseudopomacentrus fasciatus)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372076

Depth:0-15 m

Habitat:Silty inshore areas

Max Size:11 cm SL


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