Animal Species:Banded Humbug, Dascyllus aruanus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Aggregations of Banded Humbugs often seek shelter between the branches of coral. The species is commonly seen by divers.
Standard Common Name
Humbug, Humbug Dascyllus, White-tailed Footballer
The species is distinctively barred in black and white. The snout and tail are both white,
It grows to about 8.5 cm in length.
Banded Humbugs occur widely throughout the Indo-west and 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.
Distribution by collection data
The species lives in coral reef and inshore waters at depths between 1 m and 12 m.
- 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. 2005. Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific. University of Hawai'i Press. Pp. 707.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology