Neon Damsel, Pomacentrus coelestis Jordan & Starks 1901

Other Names: Blue Damsel

A Blue Damsel, Pomacentrus coelestis, at North West Solitary Island, New South Wales. Source: Ian V. Shaw / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A brilliant neon blue damselfish with a yellowish tail, and blue or yellow pelvic and anal fins.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Pomacentrus coelestis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 07 Dec 2022,

Neon Damsel, Pomacentrus coelestis Jordan & Starks 1901

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Rottnest Island, Western Australia, around the tropical north to Merimbula, New South Wales, including offshore reefs of Western Australia and reefs in the Coral Sea; also Ashmore and Cartier Islands in the Timor Sea, Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean, and Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific.

Similar Species

The similar Blue Damselfish, Pomacentrus pavo, is pale neon blue to bluish-green with dark vertical streaks on the scales, a dark spot on the upper part of the gill cover, scattered blue spots and streaks on the head, and the rear part of the tail is yellowish. 

Species Citation

Pomacentrus coelestis Jordan & Starks, 1901, Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 3 2(8): 383, Pl. 21. Type locality: Wakanoura, Japan.


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Neon Damsel, Pomacentrus coelestis Jordan & Starks 1901


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372111

Depth:1-12 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:8 cm TL

Species Maps

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