Abudefduf sparoides (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
False-eye sergeant
Abudefduf sparoides
photo by Bourjon, P.

Family:  Pomacentridae (Damselfishes), subfamily: Glyphisodontinae
Max. size:  16 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 6 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: between Kenya and Natal, South Africa; also Aldabra, Madagascar, RĂ©union and Mauritius.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 11-12. With a prominent black blotch larger than eye on the middle of caudal peduncle.
Biology:  Adults inhabit coral and rocky reefs with some wave action (Ref. 9710) while juveniles are usually found in shallow water zones in lagoons and flat bottom areas. Feed on algae and sometimes on crustaceans and small invertebrates. Solitary or in loose aggregations (Ref. 9710). 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).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 15 November 2010 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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