Dascyllus melanurus Bleeker, 1854
Blacktail damsel

This damsel was reported as a sight record only with no photo some years ago. Despite considerable looking, we did not see one of these personally. The specimen in the first two photos was found and photographed by Christina Sylvester in one of the Kwajalein reef quarries where it was mixed in with a bunch of Dascyllus auranus. It appeared to be trying to get some of the D. aruanus interested in mating. The other three photos were from shallow water on the lagoon side of Kwajalein in the ski boat area. Maximum reported length is about 8cm.

Created 5 January 2018
Updated 13 April 2018

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