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.

Dick's Damsel at Wreck Bay

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Dick's Damsel

Identification

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.

Size range

The species grows to 11 cm in length.

Distribution

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.

Plectroglyphidodon dickii

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Dick's Damsel specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

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.

Classification

Species:
dickii
Genus:
Plectroglyphidodon
Family:
Pomacentridae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1975. Damselfishes of the South Seas. TFH Publications. Pp. 237.
  2. Allen, G.R. 1991. Damselfishes of the World. Mergus. Pp. 271.
  3. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 220.
  4. Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.
  5. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 251.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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