Amblyglyphidodon ternatensis (Bleeker, 1853)
Ternate damsel
Amblyglyphidodon ternatensis
photo by Cook, D.C.

Family:  Pomacentridae (Damselfishes), subfamily: Pomacentrinae
Max. size:  10 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 15 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Indonesia to Solomon Islands, north to Ryukyu Islands; Belau in Micronesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 12-13. Description: Silvery to dusky yellow. Eye usually yellow (Ref. 48636). Median fins with yellow margin, pelvic fins yellow. Body depth 1.6-1.8 in SL. Suborbital scaled (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Adults are common among coral-rich areas of sheltered coastal reefs (Ref. 9710), with algae and staghorn corals to about 15 m depth, especially around the rock islands in Palau, they aggregate with A. curacao. They spawn in groups and each pair claims a small section of the reef (Ref. 7247). Dead coral branches serve as nest (Ref. 90102). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are laid on a cleared section of the coral and guarded by the parents (Ref. 48636).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 15 November 2010 (A2bc) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.06.92
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 02.05.13
Checked by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 19.08.94

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