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.

Whitley's Sergeant, Abudefduf whitleyi

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Standard Common Name

Whitley's Sergeant

Identification

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.

Size range

It grows to 17 cm in length.

Distribution

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.

Abudefduf whitleyi

Habitat

Whitley's Sergeant lives in shallow (1 m - 5 m) coral reef and inshore waters.

Classification

Species:
whitleyi
Genus:
Abudefduf
Family:
Pomacentridae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

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


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