Abudefduf saxatilis. This small, flat, oval shaped reef fish has five distinct black bars on its sides. While in sandy areas and over reefs, it is in its. Latin name, Abudefduf saxatilis. Common name, Sergeant major. Family, Pomacentridae – Abudefduf. Origin, West Indian Ocean, The Mexican Golf, West. Biology. Juveniles are common in tide pools while adults found over shallow reef tops. Adults frequently form large feeding aggregations of up to several.

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Upon fertilization, the eggs turn greenish at 96 hours and contain a deep red yolk. Sergeant majors are associated with shallow reefs.

Abudefduf saxatilis, Sergeant-major : fisheries, aquarium

Some species doesn’t handle transportation very well, but that doesn’t mean that the species isn’t hardy under the right conditions. Dentition The upper jaw of the sergeant major is large and contains smaller than other Abudefduf species.

Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate Ref. This is based on a medium size animal, which you want to keep for several years. Regular feeding, abudedfuf of hiding places and a lot of space can alleviate aggressive behavior to some degree. The IUCN is a global union of states, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations in a partnership that abudefdduf the conservation status of species.

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Wonderful Scientific Names, Part 4: Damselfishes of the world. Those settling in caves face outward, hovering in place, while those taking refuge in holes tilt sideways, leaning against something. It is called father due to its bossy, aggressive behavior towards other inhabitants on the reef. No sources indicate that this species will harm corals or other invertebrates. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. References and further reading About references Scott W. Overall abudefdhf fish in this group are saxattilis aggressive than many others in this family and are often seen in shoals.


Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total: The larvae reach 2. Some Damselfish even cultivate their preferred algae in a small “garden”, so they have their own foodsource. Attracted to divers who feed fish. Fish in the Chromis genus are not as hardy as the Clown or Damselfish, but are very attractive with their shiny blue and green colour nuances.

Spurlingia darwini Scientist Sees Squirrel. The sergeant major is of only minor importance to commercial fisheries, however when it is caught it is marketed fresh.

The mouth is small and terminal. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Kattegat Centeret – Kasper Hareskov Tygesen.

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Because of their territorial behaviour it is best to keep only one Damselfish per aquarium, unless it is a very large tank. The range of the sergeant major is worldwide in warm waters. The male sergeant major takes on a bluish color while guarding the fertilized eaxatilis. Reproduction Spawning occurs on rocks, shipwrecks, pilings, and reef outcroppings where the male sergeant major prepares the nest.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Only szxatilis few aquarists has reported problems keeping this species with corals and other invertebrates.


They do tend to get more aggressive when they have an anemone or saaxatilis carrying eggs. Adults can grow up to Habitat This reef-associated fish is commonly observed forming large feeding aggregations of up to a few hundred individuals. An adhesive filament attaches the egg to the bottom substrate.

They are found in the aquarium trade but are regarded as difficult to breed. Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory. A faint sixth bar may be present posteriorly on caudal peduncle; a black spot at upper base of pectoral fin.

Image by Klaus Rudloff, kdrudloff web. Entered by Froese, Rainer. Juveniles are found in specific habitats, often schooling close to caves, shipwrecks, or other protective objects. It might be possible to keep smaller specimens for a limited period in a smaller tank. Sergeant major male guarding eggs. The adult male becomes dark bluish, the black bars thus less conspicuous on the body Ref. Abudefduf saxatilis Linnaeus This fish is often confused with Abudefduf taurusthe night sergeant.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Low to moderate vulnerability 32 of Occasionally the juveniles appear solid black but never at sizes larger than 20mm.

Importance to Humans Sergeant majors are easily kept in aquaria. Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 0 – 20 m Ref.