Species Details

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Cloudy dascyllus   

Common Name: Indian dascyllus, Whitetail damselfish, Twobar humbug
Scientific Name: Dascyllus carneus
Local Name: Dhegalhi murakamas
Dhivehi Name: ދެގަޅި މުރަކަމަސް
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Teleostei  (Class)
Perciformes  (Order)
Pomacentridae  (Family)
Dascyllus   (Genus)

Cloudy dascyllus's description

Cloudy dascyllus (Dascyllus carneus), is a species of marine fish in the family Pomacentridae. Cloudy dascyllus is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean from the eastern coast of Africa to Java Sea.

Short description - Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 13 - 14.

Cloudy dascyllus's Behavior & Ecology

Associated with branching corals on inshore and offshore reefs. They occur in small schools.

Cloudy dascyllus's Feeding

Feed on plankton.

Cloudy dascyllus's Reproduction

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

Cloudy dascyllus habitat

This species inhabits rocky reefs, and nearshore and offshore coral reefs (Arndt and Fricke 2019). It has a close association with branching corals (i.e., Acropora, Pocillopora and Stylophora) (Fricke et al. 2009, Frédérich and Sheets 2010). It is found in small aggregations. It consumes zooplankton (Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001). It is a diandric protogynous hermaphrodite with only the largest fish in the colony becoming male and the second largest becoming female (Anzeer et al. 2019). It is a demersal spawner. Males will prepare nest sites by removing debris from the substrate and will guard the nest from other fishes. Males will also perform courtship displays by signal jumping and sound production to attract females (Parmentier et al. 2009). Eggs are attached to the substrate by a peripheral stalk (Anzeer et al. 2019). The maximum standard length is 6.5 cm (Frédérich and Sheets 2010).

Cloudy dascyllus threats

Though there have been significant coral declines in its distribution. Adults are not obligate coral dwellers, preferring high relief habitat. It is a component of the aquarium trade, and there is no evidence indicating population declines from harvesting. 

Cloudy dascyllus's status