Staghorn Damsel, Amblyglyphidodon curacao (Bloch 1787)

A Staghorn Damsel, Amblyglyphidodon curacao, at Sangat Island in the Philippines. Source: Dave Harasti / License: All rights reserved

A greenish to yellowish damselfish with three broad greyish bars on sides.

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Staghorn Damsel, Amblyglyphidodon curacao (Bloch 1787)

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Ningaloo Reef (22°S), WA, Rowley Shoals (17°30'S) and Scott Reef (14°03'S), WA, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea (12°15'S) and Shadwell Reef (11°27'S) to Lady Musgrave Reef (23°54'S), QLD, also Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean; tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits sheltered inshore and outer reefs. Aggregations often feed in the water column above Acropora corals.

Species Citation

Chaetodon curacao Bloch, 1787, Naturg. ausländisch. Fische 3: 106. Type locality: East Indies (as Curacao).


Dianne J. Bray

Staghorn Damsel, Amblyglyphidodon curacao (Bloch 1787)


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CAAB Code:37372017

Depth:1-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm TL

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