Dischistodus fasciatus (Cuvier, 1830)
Banded damsel
photo by Froese, T.

Family:  Pomacentridae (Damselfishes), subfamily: Pomacentrinae
Max. size:  11.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 8 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Indonesia, Philippines and northern Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 13-14. Description: Readily identified by the dark body with white barring (Ref. 48636). Overall dark brown, vertical bars white broad on body, narrow on caudal peduncle. Juvenile bands broader, saddle on caudal peduncle. Body depth 2.1-2.2 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Adults inhabit silty lagoon and coastal reefs around coral outcrops and seagrass beds (Ref. 9710). Often adjacent to clear mangrove coasts among rubble and Sargassum algae, to a few meters depth (Ref. 48636). 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). Diurnal species (Ref. 52881).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 05.05.94
Modified by: Jansalin, Jeremiah Glenn - 25.10.19

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