Animal Species:Dusky Gregory, Stegastes nigricans (Lacépède, 1802)
The video shows male Dusky Gregorys in courtship colouration.
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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.
It grows to about 15 cm in length.
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.
At depths of 1 m to 12 m, in lagoons and inshore waters often among the branches of dead staghorn coral.
- 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