Animal Species:Dusky Gregory, Stegastes nigricans (Lacépède, 1802)

The video shows male Dusky Gregorys in courtship colouration.

Standard Common Name

Dusky Gregory

Identification

The species is usually brownish, sometimes with lavender markings on the head.  There is usually a black spot posteriorly on the base of the soft dorsal fin.

Size range

It grows to about 15 cm in length.

Distribution

The species occurs from the western Indian Ocean to the Central Pacific.

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.

Stegastes nigricans

Habitat

At depths of 1 m to 12 m, in lagoons and inshore waters often among the branches of dead staghorn coral.

Classification

Species:
nigricans
Genus:
Stegastes
Family:
Pomacentridae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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