Headband Humbug, Dascyllus reticulatus (Richardson 1846)

Other Names: Head-band Humbug, Reticulated Dascyllus, Reticulated Humbug

A Headband Humbug, Dascyllus reticulatus, at Flynn Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queesland. Source: Andrew J. Green / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution


A whitish to brownish humbug with dark scale margins, the snout and top of the head greenish, a dark bar running through the pectoral-fin base and a second bar on the rear of the body. Headband Humbugs have blackish pelvic fins, spinous dorsal and anal fins, a black spot at the pectoral-fin base, a white tail base, and often bluish soft dorsal, anal and caudal fins.

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Headband Humbug, Dascyllus reticulatus (Richardson 1846)

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Recorded in Australia from the Houtman Abrolhos to Rob Roy Reef , Western Australia, also at Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and from the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef to the Solitary Islands, New South Wales. Also at Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea, and Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical Indo-west-central Pacific.

Species Citation

Heliases reticulatus Richardson, 1846,  Trans. Rept 12th Meeting Brit. Assoc. Advance. Sci. 1845: 245.  Type locality: China and Japan.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Headband Humbug, Dascyllus reticulatus (Richardson 1846)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372074


Depth:1-50 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9 cm TL

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