Animal Species:Whitley's Sergeant, Abudefduf whitleyi Allen & Robertson, 1974
Whitley's Sergeant can be distinguished from other species of Abudefduf by its narrow dark bars and dark tail fin.
It is green to bluish above, paler below and often has a yellowish tinge. There are 4 or 5 narrow dark bars on the body.
It grows to 17 cm in length.
The species occurs in tropical and some warm temperate waters of the south-west 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.
Whitley's Sergeant lives in shallow (1 m - 5 m) coral reef and inshore waters.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- 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