Animal Species:Dick's Damsel, Plectroglyphidodon dickii (Liénard, 1839)
Dick's Damsel can be recognised by its colouration. It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific.
Standard Common Name
Dick's Damsel is mostly brown with a black bar across the rear of the body. The pectoral fins are yellow, the caudal fin is white, and the operculum often has a purplish tinge.
The species grows to 11 cm in length.
Dick's Damsel occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific, from East Africa, north to Japan, south to Australia and east to French Polynesia. In Australia it is known from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country, and south to southern Queensland.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
Dick's Damsel inhabits coral reefs, lagoons and areas of high wave action. This fish is often seen as a solitary individual associated with Acropora or Pocillopora coral species. It is found in depths from 1 m to 15 m.
Feeding and Diet
This fish feeds on filamentous algae, benthic invertebrates and small fishes.
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Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology