Blackbanded Damsel, Amblypomacentrus breviceps (Schlegel & Müller 1839)

Other Names: Black-banded Damsel, Black-banded Demoiselle, Short-head Damsel, Short-headed Damsel

A Blackbanded Damsel, Amblypomacentrus breviceps, at Bohol, Philippines, 2017. Source: zsispeo / Flickr. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A damselfish with a broad dark brown bar through the eye, two broad bars of saddles on the back, a dark margin on the dorsal fin, rows of pale blue spots on sides, and yellowish lower sides. Juveniles have yellow pelvic and anal fins.

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Blackbanded Damsel, Amblypomacentrus breviceps (Schlegel & Müller 1839)

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North of Montebello Islands, WA (19°47'S), NNE of Cartier Reef, Timor Sea (12°27'S) to south of Evans Shoal, Arafura Sea, NT (19°47'S) and northern Great Barrier Reef  (10°56'S) to the outer Great Barrier Reef, ESE of Mackay (21°22'S) QLD; tropical, west Pacific.

Inhabits inshore sandy and silty areas, often around sponges and rocky outcrops.

Species Citation

Glyphisodon breviceps Schlegel & Müller, 1839, Verhand. Natuur. Geschied. Nederland. Overzeesche Bezittingen 2: 23. Type locality: Sumatra.


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Blackbanded Damsel, Amblypomacentrus breviceps (Schlegel & Müller 1839)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372019

Depth:2-95 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy/silty areas

Max Size:7 cm TL

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