Species Details

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Indian damsel   

Common Name: Indian Damsel
Scientific Name: Pomacentrus indicus
Local Name: Kula Dhanbaa
Dhivehi Name: ކުލަދަނބާ
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Teleostei  (Class)
Perciformes  (Order)
Pomacentridae  (Family)
Pomacentrus   (Genus)

Indian damsel's description


Short description - Dorsal spines (total): 14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 14 - 15. Exhibits geographic color variations.

Max length : 11.0 cm TL male/unsexed.

Indian damsel's Behavior & Ecology

Adults inhabit lagoon and seaward reefs. Found singly or in small groups, non-migratory and can be found in depth range 1 - 15 m.

Distribution Countries - Western Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka, Maldives, Chagos Archipelago, and Seychelles.

Indian damsel's Reproduction

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

Indian damsel habitat

This species inhabits coastal, lagoon, and seaward coral reefs (Allen 1991). It is found solitary or in small groups and feeds on zooplankton (Lieske and Myers 1994). The maximum total length is 11 cm.

Indian damsel threats

In the Seychelles, the habitat of this species is impacted by extensive coastal development, land-based pollution, sewage outfalls, and anchor damage (Ahamada et al. 2004).

Indian damsel's status