Tag: Damselfish (Pomacentridae)

With approximately 360 species within around 19 genera, the Damselfish and Anemonefish/Clownfish are among the most numerous and popular small fish found in local waters.

Although many are easily recognised by their bright colouration, there are a few, less colourful species which tend to go almost unnoticed.

Most local species live in shallow water, in close proximity to coral reefs, although a few species can be found on sand/gravel substrates at depths greater than 30m at the offshore sites such as Sail Rock.

Members of the Anemonefish/Clownfish subfamily Amphiprioninae live in a "symbiotic relationship" with certain species of Sea Anemone (Actiniaria).

This section will include species from the subfamilies Amphiprioninae, Chrominae and Pomacentrinae. The 4th subfamily (Lepidozyginae) is not included as it does not occur locally.

Although the species of Damselfish included in this section are Benthic by nature, the majority of locally occurring Damselfish inhabit the coral reef areas.

For this reason, i've created a separate group specifically for the "Reef-Dwelling" Damselfish species.

With approximately 360 species within around 19 genera, the Damselfish and Anemonefish/Clownfish are among the most numerous and popular small fish found in local waters.

Although many are easily recognised by their bright colouration, there are a few, less colourful species which tend to go almost unnoticed.

Most local species live in shallow water, in close proximity to coral reefs, although a few species can be found on sand/gravel substrates at depths greater than 30m at the offshore sites such as Sail Rock.

Members of the Anemonefish/Clownfish subfamily Amphiprioninae live in a "symbiotic relationship" with certain species of Sea Anemone (Actiniaria).

This section will include species from the subfamilies Amphiprioninae, Chrominae and Pomacentrinae. The 4th subfamily (Lepidozyginae) is not included as it does not occur locally.

Although the species of Damselfish included in this section are Benthic by nature, the majority of locally occurring Damselfish inhabit the coral reef areas.

For this reason, i've created a separate group specifically for the "Reef-Dwelling" Damselfish species.

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Saddleback Anemonefish (Amphiprion polymnus) and Haddon's Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni)

A pair of adult Saddleback Anemonefish (Amphiprion polymnus) keep a watchful eye on a single tiny juvenile.

Although tiny, it is possible to see the lighter colouration of the juvenile when compared to the two adults.