Multispine Damsel, Neoglyphidodon polyacanthus (Ogilby 1889)

Other Names: Multispine Damselfish

A Multispine Damsel, Neoglyphidodon polyacanthus, at Lord Howe Island, Tasman Sea, February 2010. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

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Multispine Damsel, Neoglyphidodon polyacanthus (Ogilby 1889)

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Southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to at least Sydney, New South Wales; also in the Lord Howe Marine Park and at Norfolk Island, Tasman Sea. Elsewhere, the species occurs in New Caledonia.
Inhabits inshore coral and rocky reefs, often in deeper surge channels. The species is common at Lord Howe Island.

Species Citation

Glyphidodon polyacanthus Ogilby 1889, Mem. Aust. Mus. 2(3): 65. Type locality: Lord Howe Island.


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

Multispine Damsel, Neoglyphidodon polyacanthus (Ogilby 1889)


Allen, G.R. 1975. Damselfishes of the South Seas. New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 237 pp. 251 figs. 

Allen, G.R. 1991. Damselfishes of the World. Melle, Germany : Mergus Verlag 271 pp. Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp. 

Francis, M.P. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, Southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 136-170.

Ogilby, J.D. 1889. The reptiles and fishes of Lord Howe Island. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 2(3): 51-74 pls 2-3

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii. 720 pp.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372086

Depth:2-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm SL

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