Belongs within: Carangimorpharia.Contains: Abudefduf, Chrominae, Chrysiptera, Stegastes. The Pomacentridae, damselfishes or demoiselles, are a primarily tropical group of fishes commonly found around rocky and coral reefs (Allen 2001). Characters (from Allen 2001): Small percoid fishes (to about 25 cm); body elongate to rounded in lateral profile, and laterally compressed. Eye medium sized, generally exceeding snout… Continue reading Pomacentridae


Belongs within: Pomacentridae.Contains: Amphiprion, Pomacentrus. Chrysiptera is a genus of relatively deep-bodied damselfishes, with body depth usually greater than two times in standard length (Allen 2001). The violet demoiselle Published 21 December 2016 Meet the violet demoiselle Neopomacentrus violascens (shown above in a photo by J. E. Randall). This little fish (adults get up to… Continue reading Chrysiptera


Belongs within: Pomacentridae. Abudefduf is a pantropical genus of relatively large damselfishes that are often marked by dark bars (Allen 1975). Characters (from Allen 1975): Margin of preopercle and suborbital entire; notch between preorbital and suborbital absent; dorsal spines XIII; pectoral rays usually 18 to 20; gill rakers usually 21 to 27; tubed lateral-lined scales… Continue reading Abudefduf


Belongs within: Chrysiptera. Pomacentrus is an Indo-West Pacific genus of damselfishes with a serrate preopercle and biserial teeth at the front of the jaws (Allen 1975). Characters (from Allen 1975): Greatest body depth 1.7–2.6 in SL; margin of suborbital usually serrate, occasionally entire; margin of preopercle usually with distinct serrae, occasionally weak; usually a prominent… Continue reading Pomacentrus


Belongs within: Chrysiptera. Amphiprion, the anemonefishes or clownfishes, is an Indo-Pacific genus of small, boldly coloured fishes that typically live in commensal associations with large sea anemones (Allen 1975). Characters (from Allen 1975): Body ovate or oblong; teeth conical or incisiform; preorbital and suborbital with one or more serrations; opercle, subopercle and interopercle with strong… Continue reading Amphiprion


Belongs within: Chrominae. Chromis is a pantropical genus of damselfishes commonly possessing an elongate body and relatively small mouth (Allen 1975). Characters (from Allen 1975): Dorsal spines XII to XIV; two to three spiniform procurrent caudal rays; hind edge of preopercle usually entire, occasionally with minute serrations; teeth of jaws small and conical, outer row… Continue reading Chromis


Belongs within: Acanthomorphata.Contains: Eleotridae, Butidae, Gobionellidae, Gobiidae, Amia, Apogoninae. The Gobiomorpharia are a diverse clade of fishes united by the presence of sensory papillae rows on the head and body, and by the production of adhesive eggs (Thacker 2009). In the nurseryfish Kurtus gulliveri, these eggs are attached in a cluster to a hook protruding… Continue reading Gobiomorpharia


Belongs within: Eleotridae. Hypseleotris is an Indo-Pacific genus of gudgeons distinguished by its strongly compressed body form (Smith 1958). Characters (from Smith 1958): Strongly compressed body covered with large ctenoid scales, head scaly except muzzle. Mouth small, fine teeth in bands in each jaw, outer series larger, no canines. Gill openings wide, to below head.… Continue reading Hypseleotris


Belongs within: Gobiomorpharia.Contains: Hypseleotris, Eleotris. The Eleotridae, sleepers, are a clade of often relatively large gobies supported by molecular data. <==Eleotridae [Eleotrididae, Eleotroidei] |–Austrolethops Whitley 1935 [Austrolethopinae]S58 | `–*A. wardi Whitley 1935S58 |–LioterinaeS58 | |–Eleotrica Ginsberg 1933S58 | |–Chriolepidops Smith 1958S58 | | `–*C. nebulofasciatus Smith 1958S58 | |–Satulinus Smith 1958S58 | | `–*S. zanzibarensis… Continue reading Eleotridae


Belongs within: Gobiomorpharia. The Butidae are a family of gobies bearing six branchiostegal rays supported by molecular data. Fishes be crazy Published 5 May 2016 Despite how it may look, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this fish. Butis butis is a moderately sized species of fish (up to about 14 cm in length) widespread… Continue reading Butidae