Species Details

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Philippine damsel   

Common Name: Philippine damsel
Scientific Name: Pomacentrus philippinus
Local Name: Dhon Nigoo Dhanbaa, Nigoo Reendhoo Dhanbaa
Dhivehi Name: ދޮންނިގޫދަނބާ، ނިގޫރީނދޫދަނބާ
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Teleostei  (Class)
Perciformes  (Order)
Pomacentridae  (Family)
Pomacentrus   (Genus)

Philippine damsel's description

Philippine damsel (Pomacentrus philippinus) is a genus of marine damselfish in the family Pomacentridae.

Short description - Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal soft rays: 14 - 15; Vertebrae: 22 - 24. This species is distinguished by the following characters: an orange hue on the thorax and ventralmost part of the sides, and juveniles have an expanded yellow-to-orange zone posteriorly on the body, encompassing the soft dorsal and anal fins, caudal fin, and adjacent caudal peduncle.

Philippine damsel's Behavior & Ecology

Adults occur in lagoons, steep-sided channels, and seaward reefs from 2 to over 12 m. Usually found in groups off the sides of vertical drop-offs and overhanging ledges.

Philippine damsel's Reproduction

Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding. Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate. Males guard and aerate the eggs.

Philippine damsel's Relationship with Humans

Human uses -  Used in aquariums.

Philippine damsel habitat

This species occurs solitary or in loose groups in coastal and outer coral reef slopes, frequently on cliffs and ledges. The maximum total length is 11 cm (Allen and Erdmann 2012). It appears to feed on zooplankton (Randall 2005).

Philippine damsel threats

There are no known major threats.

Philippine damsel's status