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