Batuna Damsel, Amblyglyphidodon batunai Allen 1995

Other Names: Batuna's Damsel, Green Sergeant

A Batuna Damsel, Amblyglyphidodon batunai, in Western Australia. Source: Reef Life Survey / Atlas of Living Australia. License: CC by Attribution

A pale greenish-yellow damselfish with white pelvic fins.

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Batuna Damsel, Amblyglyphidodon batunai Allen 1995

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Dampier Archipelago to Churchill Reef, Western Australia. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-West Pacific.
Inhabits sheltered lagoons and protected fringing reefs, usually among branches of Acropora corals.


As the species was named in honour of more than one person (Hanny and Inneke Batuna) the specific name should possibly be spelled batunaorum.


The species is named in honour of Hanny and Inneke Batuna, owners of Manado Murex Resort, who provided accommodations, boat transport, and general logistic assistance during the author's visit to Manado Bay, Sulawesi (the type locality).

Species Citation

Amblyglyphidodon batunai Allen, 1995, Rev. Française d'Aquariol. Herpétol. 21(3–4): 86, fig. 1. Type locality: Lagoon next to shore, south side of Bunaken Island, Manado Bay, northern Sulawesi, about 1°42'N, 124°57'E, depth 5-6 m.


Bray, D.J. 2023


Atlas of Living Australia

Batuna Damsel, Amblyglyphidodon batunai Allen 1995


Allen, G.R. 1995. Two new species of damselfishes (Pomacentridae) from Indonesian Seas. Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 21(3–4): 86-90.

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

Allen, G.R. 2001. Family Pomacentridae. pp. 3381-4218 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.

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

Allen, G.R. & Randall, J. E. 2002. A review of the leucogaster species complex of the Indo-Pacific pomacentrid genus Amblyglyphidodon, with descriptions of two new species. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 5(4): 139-152.

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.

Hutchins, B. 2004. Fishes of the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 66: 343–398

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CAAB Code:37372141

Conservation:IUCN Vulnerable

Depth:0-12 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:8.5 cm SL

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