Dick's Damsel, Plectroglyphidodon dickii (Liénard 1839)


Other Names: Blackbar Devil, Narrowbar Damselfish

Dick's Damsel, Plectroglyphidodon dickii, at Kadavu Island, Fiji April, 2016. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Summary:
A dusky yellow to brown damselfish with a black bar across the rear of the body, a cream to white caudal peduncle and tail, yellow pectoral fins, and a dark margin on the scales. 

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Plectroglyphidodon dickii in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 May 2023, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/370

Dick's Damsel, Plectroglyphidodon dickii (Liénard 1839)

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Distribution

Houtman Abrolhos to the Dampier Archipelago and offshore reefs of north Western Australia (juveniles south to Rottnest Island), Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island in the Timor Sea, and the far northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea, to the Solitary Islands, New South Wales, with juveniles south to Sydney; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean, and the Lord Howe Province and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits coral-rich and surge areas on clear lagoon and seaward reefs, often sheltering among the branches of Acropora and Pocillopora corals.

Feeding

Feeds on filamentous algae, small benthic invertebrates, and occasionally small fishes.

Similar Species

The similar Johnston Damsel, Plectroglyphidodon johnstonianus, differs in having a mostly yellow body, a broader black bar on the rear of the body and a yellow tail.

Etymology

The species is named in honour of George F. Dick, President of the Natural History Society of Mauritius (the type locality).

Species Citation

Glyphisodon dickii Liénard 1839, Poissons. Rapport Annuel sur les Travaux de la Société d'Histoire Naturelle de l'Ile Maurice 10: 35. Type locality: Mauritius.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2022

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Dick's Damsel, Plectroglyphidodon dickii (Liénard 1839)

References


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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37372098

Depth:1-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm TL

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