Staghorn Damsel, <i>Amblyglyphidodon curacao</i> Click to enlarge image
A Staghorn Damsel, Amblyglyphidodon curacao, at a depth of 8m, Kimbe Bay, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, 20 Oct 2008. Image: Erik Schlögl
© Erik Schlögl

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    curacao
    Genus
    Amblyglyphidodon
    Family
    Pomacentridae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    13 cm

Introduction

The Staghorn Damsel is a tropical, marine species that has broad dark bars on a silvery green body. This fish occurs in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific.



Identification

The Staghorn Damsel has three or four broad dark bars on a silvery green body. The caudal fin has a black margin.

Habitat

The Staghorn Damsel inhabits coral reefs and protected lagoons in depths from 1 m to 40 m.

Juvenile Staghorn Damsels are commonly seen in and around soft corals such as Sarcophyton spp and Sinularia spp.

Distribution

This fish occurs in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific, from the Philippine Islands north to China and Japan, throughout Micronesia, south to Australia and east to Fiji.

In Australia it is known from the offshore reefs of north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

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.



Feeding and diet

Adult Staghorn Damsels are commonly seen in large aggregations feeding on zooplankton a few metres above Staghorn coral Acropora spp.

References

  • Allen, G.R. 1991. Damselfishes of the World. Mergus. Pp. 271.
  • Allen, G.R. 1975. Damselfishes of the South Seas. TFH Publications. Pp. 237.
  • Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 220.
  • Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.
  • Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 251.