Blackmargin Damsel, Pomacentrus nigromarginatus Allen 1973

Other Names: Black-edged Damsel, Blackmargined Damsel

A Blackmargin Damsel, Pomacentrus nigromarginatus, at Taveuni, Fiji. Source: Paddy Ryan / License: All rights reserved

Body greyish anteriorly, yellowish-grey on the upper rear, with darker scale margins, a large black spot on the pectoral-fin base and a dark margin on the caudal fin.

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Blackmargin Damsel, Pomacentrus nigromarginatus Allen 1973

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Recorded in Australia from Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, Western Australia, and Lizard Island to Thedford Reef, Queensland. Found elsewhere in the tropical, west Pacific.

Inhabits outer reef slopes and deep walls to 50 m, usually below 20 m.


Omnivore - feeds on zooplankton and algae.


Males and females form pairs during the breeding season. Females lay demersal adherent eggs that are guarded by the male parent until the larvae hatch.

Species Citation

Pomacentrus nigromarginatus Allen, 1973, Aust. Zool. 18(1): 38. Type locality: Madang, New Guinea.


Dianne J. Bray

Blackmargin Damsel, Pomacentrus nigromarginatus Allen 1973


Allen, G.R. 1973. Three new species of deep-dwelling damselfishes (Pomacentridae) from the south-west Pacific Ocean. The Australian Zoologist 18(1): 31-42 figs 1-3

Allen, G.R. 1975. Damselfishes of the South Seas. New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 237 pp. 251 figs.

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

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

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls.

Kuiter R.H. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Indonesian Reef Fishes. Part 3. Melbourne : Zoonetics pp. 623–893.

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372121

Depth:20-50 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:8 cm TL

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