Whitebelly Damsel, Amblyglyphidodon leucogaster (Bleeker 1847)

Other Names: Golden-scaled Damsel-fish, Gold-scaled Damsel-fish, White-belly Damsel, White-breasted Sergeant, White-breasted Sergeant-major

A Whitebelly Damsel, Amblyglyphidodon leucogaster, at Steve's Bommie on Ribbon Reef #3, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Paddy Ryan / http://www.ryanphotographic.com/. License: All rights reserved

A greyish damsel with darker scale margins, a yellow belly, pelvic fins and often anal fin, a black spot on the upper pectoral-fin base and broad dark margins on the dorsal and anal fins.

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Whitebelly Damsel, Amblyglyphidodon leucogaster (Bleeker 1847)

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Offshore reefs of Western Australia - Scott Reef, WA (14°03'S) to Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea (12°15'S) and northern Great  Barrier Reef, QLD, Ashmore Reef (10°05'S) and Osprey Reef (13°52'S) Coral Sea, to Lady Elliot Island (24°06'S) QLD, also Christmas Island, Indian Ocean; tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.

Inhabits reef lagoons, passes and outer reef slopes in depths of 5-45 m.


Dianne J. Bray

Whitebelly Damsel, Amblyglyphidodon leucogaster (Bleeker 1847)


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CAAB Code:37372018

Depth:5-45 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12.5 cm TL

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