Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Found in quiet waters with rocky bottoms in inshore and offshore reefs; juveniles sometimes found in surge pools (Ref. 205). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Adults form school. Feed on a variety of algae and zooplankton. Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205). Used as food by the Hawaiians (Ref. 7364).
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
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Distribution

Eastern Central Pacific: Midway Islands (Ref. 7247) and Hawaii southward to central Polynesia.
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
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Central Pacific: Johnston Atoll and Hawaiian Islands.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13 - 15; Analspines: 2; Analsoft rays: 13 - 15
  • Allen, G.R. 1975 Damselfishes of the South Seas. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey. 240 p. (Ref. 4966)
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Size

Maximum size: 300 mm NG
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Max. size

30.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710))
  • Lieske, E. and R. Myers 1994 Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p. (Ref. 9710)
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Diagnostic Description

Similar to A. bengalensis but has fewer vertical stripes, a black blotch on the posterior base of the dorsal and anal fins, and pointed caudal fin lobes.
  • Allen, G.R. 1975 Damselfishes of the South Seas. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey. 240 p. (Ref. 4966)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 1 - 50 m (Ref. 9710)
  • Lieske, E. and R. Myers 1994 Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p. (Ref. 9710)
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Depth: 1 - 50m.
From 1 to 50 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated.
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Trophic Strategy

Forms loose aggregates. Feeds mainly on copepods but a significant amount of algae is ingested (Ref. 3921).
  • Honebrink, R. 1990 Fishing in Hawaii: a student manual. Education Program, Division of Aquatic Resources, Honolulu, Hawaii. 79 p. (Ref. 4887)
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Distinct pairing (Ref. 205). Male guards and aerates eggs (Ref. 205).
  • Breder, C.M. and D.E. Rosen 1966 Modes of reproduction in fishes. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey. 941 p. (Ref. 205)
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Abudefduf abdominalis

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

aquarium: commercial
  • Miyasaka, A. 1993 A database on scientific and common names of fishes exported from Hawaii. The information was derived from the above mentioned database. A printout of the names is also available from the State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. (Ref. 5358)
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Wikipedia

Banded damselfish

The Banded damselfish, Abudefduf abdominalis, is a non-migratory fish of the family Pomacentridae, located in the Eastern Central Pacific. It can grow to a maximum length of 10.3cm. They tend to live in reef-associated environments. [1]

References

  1. ^ "FishBase". http://www.fishbase.us/summary/Dischistodus-darwiniensis.html. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
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