Cloudy Dascyllus, Dascyllus carneus Fischer 1885

Other Names: Cardinal Humbug, Indian Dascyllus

A Cloudy Dascyllus, Dascyllus carneus, at Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, eastern Indian Ocean, June 2016. Source: cocos_karen / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A pearly-white damselfish with slightly darker head, a black band from the first dorsal fin through the pectoral-fin base to the pelvic fins, a blue margin on the scales, black anal and pelvic fins, a very broad black margin on the spinous dorsal fin, bluish soft dorsal and caudal fins, and often a black band before the caudal peduncle that extends onto the soft dorsal and anal fins.

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Cloudy Dascyllus, Dascyllus carneus Fischer 1885

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Cocos (Keeling) Islands, eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the Indian Ocean, from South and East Africa, east to the Andaman Sea, western Indonesia and Cocos (Keeling).
Small schools inhabit inshore and offshore reefs, in association with Acropora and Pocillopora branching corals. 


Hovers above branching corals feeding on zooplankton.


The specific name is from the Latin carneus (= of flesh, flesh-coloured) presumably in reference to the off-white body colour.

Species Citation

Dascyllus carneus Fischer 1885, Jahrbuch der Hamburgischen Wissenschaftlichen Anstalten 2: 71, Pl. 2 (fig. 5). Type locality: Mozambique, western Indian Ocean


Bray, D.J. 2020


Catalog of Fishes

Cloudy Dascyllus, Dascyllus carneus Fischer 1885


Allen, G. R. 1986. Family 219: Pomacentridae. pp. 670-682 in Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds). Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls. See ref at BHL

Allen, G.R. 1991. Damselfishes of the World. Melle, Germany : Mergus Verlag 271 pp.

Allen, G. R. 2001. Family Pomacentridae. pp. in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Anzeer, M.F., Aneesh, K.S., Abraham, M.V., et al. 2019. Breeding, early development and larval rearing of cloudy damsel, Dascyllus carneus Fischer, 1885. Aquaculture 505: 374-385.

Fischer, J.G. 1885. II. Über einige afrikanische Fische des Naturhistorischen Museums in Hamburg (2). pp. 66-77 in  Ichthyologische und herpetologische Bemerkungen. Jahrbuch der Hamburgischen Wissenschaftlichen Anstalten 2: 49-121, Pls. 1-4.

Ladiges, W., Wahlert, G. von & Mohr, E. 1958. Die Typen und Typoide der Fischsammulung des Hamburgischen Zoologischen Staatsinstituts und Zoologischen Museums. Mitteilungen aus dem Hamburgischen Zoologischen Museum und Institut 56: 155-167

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Depth:5-40 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:7 cm TL

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