Abudefduf abdominalis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
Green damselfish
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Pomacentridae (Damselfishes), subfamily: Pomacentrinae
Max. size:  30 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 50 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: Midway Islands (Ref. 7247) and Hawaii southward to central Polynesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 13-15. Similar to A. bengalensis but has fewer vertical stripes, a black blotch on the posterior base of the dorsal and anal fins, and pointed caudal fin lobes.
Biology:  Found in quiet waters with rocky bottoms in inshore and offshore reefs; juveniles sometimes found in surge pools (Ref. 205). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Adults form school. Feed on a variety of algae and zooplankton. Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205). Used as food by the Hawaiians (Ref. 7364).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 15 November 2010 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 01.12.92
Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 21.01.08
Checked by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 19.08.94

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