Muddy Damsel, Pomacentrus limosus Allen 1992

Muddy Damsel, Pomacentrus limosus. Source: Gerald R. Allen / Western Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved

A pale grey damselfish with scattered blue spots on the head, a narrow black margin on the spinous dorsal fin, and a small, inconspicuous dusky "ear" spot near the origin of the lateral line. Juveniles have a black ocellus at the base of the soft dorsal fin.

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Muddy Damsel, Pomacentrus limosus Allen 1992

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Endemic to north Western Australia, from Delambre Island NE of Karratha, to off the Kimberley. Inhabits flat silty-sand bottoms around inshore rocky outcrops in areas with very large tidal fluctuations and murky waters.


Dorsal fin X111, 15; Anal fin 11, 15-16; Pectoral fin 18; Caudal fin 13 branched rays: Gill rakers on first arch (total) 7-8 + 13-14 = 21., gill rakers on first branchial arch 8 + 13 (7 + 14); Tubed lateral-line scales 18; Vertical scale rows 28; Scales above lateral-line to base of dorsal-fin spines 11-12; Scales below lateral-line to anus 9.
Body moderately deep, 2.1 in SL.


Overall pale grey, nearly whitish with scattered blue spots on head; narrow black margin distally on spinous dorsal fin; juvenile paratype with pale-rimmed black spot, about pupil size, at base of soft dorsal rays 8-11.


The specific name limosus is from the Latin (muddy) in reference to the silty nature of the habitat in which this species occurs.

Species Citation

Pomacentrus limosus Allen 1992, Records of the Western Australian Museum 15(4): 691, fig. 1. Type locality: Churchill Reef, Western Australia, 15°31'S, 123°17'E, 8.9-8.5 m. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Muddy Damsel, Pomacentrus limosus Allen 1992


Allen, G.R. 1992. A new species of damselfish (genus Pomacentrus) from north-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 15(4): 691-695 See ref online

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.

Moore, G.I., Morrison, S.M., Hutchins, J.B., Allen, G.R. & Sampey, A. 2014. Kimberley marine biota. Historical data: fishes. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 84: 161–206 DOI: 10.18195/issn.0313-122x.84.2014.161-206

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CAAB Code:37372116

Depth:8-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated, silt/sand

Max Size:5 cm SL


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