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

Summary:
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 02 Apr 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/2341

Neon Damsel, Pomacentrus coelestis Jordan & Starks 1901

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Distribution

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.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2019

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Neon Damsel, Pomacentrus coelestis Jordan & Starks 1901

References


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Sorenson, L., Allen, G.R., Erdmann, M.V. Dai, C-F., Liu, S-Y.V. 2014. Pleistocene diversification of the Pomacentrus coelestis species complex (Pisces: Pomacentridae): historical biogeography and species boundaries. Marine Biology 161(11): 2495-2507. DOI:10.1007/s00227-014-2521-8

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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