Philippine Damsel, Pomacentrus philippinus Evermann & Seale 1907

A Philippine Damsel, Pomacentrus philippinus, at Romblon, Philippines, June 2017. Source: Rickard Zerpe / Flick. License: CC by Attribution

A dark grey to purplish damselfish with a network pattern on the body formed by broad dark scale margins, an orange hue on the thorax and ventral-most part of the sides, a prominent black spot on the pectoral-fin base, abruptly orange posterior dorsal and anal fins, an orange caudal fin, and the inner surface of the pectoral-fin axil tends to be more orange. Juveniles have an expanded yellow-to-orange area posteriorly on the body, encompassing the soft dorsal and anal fins, the caudal fin, and the adjacent caudal peduncle.

Before the description of Pomacentrus magniseptus, this species was thought to also occur on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Pomacentrus philippinus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 09 Jul 2020,

Philippine Damsel, Pomacentrus philippinus Evermann & Seale 1907

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Reefs in the northern Coral Sea (AUS EEZ) and offshore reefs of Western Australia, and Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific (Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in our region).

Species Citation

Pomacentrus philippinus Evermann & Seale 1907, Bull. Bur. Fish. (U.S.) 1906 26: 91. Type data: Holotype USNM 55901, Philippines.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Philippine Damsel, Pomacentrus philippinus Evermann & Seale 1907


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. & Pertiwi, P.D. (2017) Descriptions of four new species of damselfishes (Pomacentridae) in the Pomacentrus philippinus complex from the tropical western Pacific Ocean. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 25: 47–76. doi: PDF available, open access

Allen, G.R., Erdmann, M.V. & Pertiwi, P.D. (2017) Pomacentrus flavioculus, a new species of damselfish from Fiji and Samoa (Teleostei: Pomacentridae). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 28: 22–33. Open access, doi:

Evermann, B.W. & Seale, A. 1907. Fishes of the Philippine Islands. Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries (U.S.) for 1906 26: 49-110 figs 1-22

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CAAB Code:37372123

Depth:3-12 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm TL

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