Animal Species:Threespot Damsel, Pomacentrus tripunctatus Cuvier, 1830
The Threespot Damsel is a small tropical species that occurs in shallow coral reef waters.
Standard Common Name
Three-spot Damsel, Three-spot Damsel-fish
Adults are brownish with darker scale margins. They have a large dark spot on the upper caudal peduncle. Juveniles are lighter in colour and have a large, blue-margined black spot on the dorsal fin.
The species occurs in the Indo-west Pacific. In Australia it is known from the Northern Territory and 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.
Distribution by collection data
It occurs in shallow waters associated with coral reefs.
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- 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.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology