Animal Species:Immaculate Damsel, Mecaenichthys immaculatus (Ogilby, 1885)

The Immaculate Damsel has a pointed head and large eyes. The species is only known from Australian waters.

An Immaculate Damsel at Bass Point

Sascha Schulz © Sascha Schulz

Standard Common Name

Immaculate Damsel

Alternative Name/s

Green Puller

Identification

The Immaculate Damsel has a pointed head and large eyes. The soft-rayed part of the dorsal fin is taller, with a shorter base than the preceding spinous portion. It is silvery-grey above. The median fins have blue margins. Juveniles look very different to adults. They are orange and blue, resembling juveniles of the genus Parma.

Size range

The species grows to 15 cm in length.

Distribution

The Immaculate Damsel is endemic to Australia. It is known from marine waters of southern Queensland to southern New South Wales.

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.

Mecaenichthys immaculatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Immaculate Damsel specimens in the Australian Museum.

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Classification

Species:
immaculatus
Genus:
Mecaenichthys
Family:
Pomacentridae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Immaculate Damsel, Mecaenichthys immaculatus, Pomacentridae, silver, green, blue, pink, orange, 'normal fish', 10 cm - 30 cm, countershaded, marine, adult, big eyes,

2 comments

Mark McGrouther - 9.07 AM, 20 July 2009
Thank you Erik. The pointed snout and tall rayed portion of the dorsal fin are clearly visible in your image. Lovely!
eschlogl - 6.07 PM, 18 July 2009
Image of Immaculate Damsel at Blue Fish Point, outside Sydney Harbour, Australia. Depth: 20m Date: 7-Dec-08

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