Whitepatch Damsel, Dischistodus chrysopoecilus (Schlegel & Müller 1839)

Other Names: Pale-spot Damsel, White-spot Damsel

A Whitepatch Damsel, Dischistodus chrysopoecilus, at Koror Island, Palau. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A dark brown damselfish with a large white spot in the middle of the back, and a pale brown band across the forehead.

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Whitepatch Damsel, Dischistodus chrysopoecilus (Schlegel & Müller 1839)

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Known in Australia from Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and No-name Reef, northern Great Barrier Reef to Lizard Island, Queensland. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical west Pacific.
Inhabits sandy and silty areas near seagrass beds and coral outcrops on sheltered coastal reefs and in reef lagoons.

Species Citation

Pomacentrus chrysopoecilus Schlegel & Müller 1839, Verhand. Natuur. Geschied. Nederland. Overzeesche Bezitt. Leiden. Zool. 2: 21, pl. 5(3). Type locality: Java, Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray

Whitepatch Damsel, Dischistodus chrysopoecilus (Schlegel & Müller 1839)


Allen, G.R. 1991. Damselfishes of the World. Melle, Germany : Mergus Verlag 271 pp.

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls.

Kuiter, R.H. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 2. Fusiliers - Dragonets, Caesionidae - Callionymidae. Australia : Zoonetics pp. 304-622.

Schlegel, H. & Müller, S. 1839. Overzight den iut de Sunda en Moluksche zeën bekende visschen, van de geslachten Amphiprion, Premnas, Pomacentrus, Glyphisodon, Dascyllus, en Heliases. Verhandelingen over de Natuurlijke Geschiedenis der Nederlandsche Overzeesche Bezittingen. Leiden. Zoologie 2: 17-26, pls 4-6

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CAAB Code:37372139

Depth:1-5 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:15 cm TL

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