Abudefduf saxatilis. This small, flat, oval shaped reef fish has five distinct black bars on its sides. While in sandy areas and over reefs, it is in its. Latin name, Abudefduf saxatilis. Common name, Sergeant major. Family, Pomacentridae – Abudefduf. Origin, West Indian Ocean, The Mexican Golf, West. Biology. Juveniles are common in tide pools while adults found over shallow reef tops. Adults frequently form large feeding aggregations of up to several.

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Sergeant major (Abudefduf saxatilis)

Damselfishes of the world. Medium, minimum population doubling time 1. There are five prominent vertical black bars on the body, becoming narrow toward the belly.

Spurlingia darwini Scientist Sees Squirrel. Clownfish exhibit fascinating social behaviour, especially when carrying eggs. Thanks to my friend and colleague Abdelhaq Hamza ssaxatilis help with the Arabic etymology in this post.

Sergeant major (Abudefduf saxatilis) in aquarium

These eggs are salmon or red colored, oval-shaped, and 0. Kattegat Centeret – Kasper Hareskov Tygesen. Abudefduf saxatilis is found in the Atlantic Ocean. They are found in the aquarium trade but are regarded as difficult to breed. Fish in the Chromis genus are not as hardy as the Clown or Damselfish, but are very attractive with their shiny blue and green colour nuances.


Wikispecies has information related to Abudefduf saxatilis. Turdus ignobilis debilis Scientist Sees Squirrel. Sign our Guest Book. Wonderful Scientific Names, Part 4: Eriovixia gryffindori Scientist Sees Squirrel. A faint sixth stripe might be present on the caudal peduncle. No sources indicate that this species will harm corals or other invertebrates.

Sergeant major male guarding eggs. The sergeant major is of only minor importance to commercial fisheries, however when it is caught it is marketed fresh. The adult male becomes dark bluish, the black bars thus less conspicuous on the body Ref.

They are deep-bodied, with the caudal and pectoral fins visible, prominent lips, and well-developed jaw bones. Overall the fish in this group are less aggressive than many others in this family and are often seen in shoals. The IUCN is a global union of states, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations in a partnership that assesses the conservation status of species.

He guards them until they hatch which occurs within hours following fertilization. There is a black spot at the upper base of the pectoral fin. Collaborators Pictures Stamps, Coins Misc. This is even more interesting when kept with an anemone or a substitute. References and further reading About references Scott W.

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They are also commonly associated with floating sargassum communities. Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding Ref. The upper third of the body is yellow while the soft dorsal, caudal, and anal fins appear dusky.


Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total: Regular feeding, plenty of hiding places and a lot of space can alleviate aggressive behavior to some degree. Image courtesy Virginia Institute of Marine Science Predators Predators of the sergeant major include cobia Rachycentron canadumbluehead Thalassoma bifasciatumNassau grouper Epinephelus striatusgreat barracuda Sphyraena barracudabar jack Caranx ruberand cero mackerel Scomberomorus regalis among many other large carnivorous fishes.

An adhesive filament attaches the egg to the bottom substrate. As aquarium fish Minimum volume l gal Hardiness Hardy Suitable for aquarium Suitable with care Reef safe Reef safe with caution Aggressiveness Aggressive towards other species.

Spurlingia darwini Scientist Sees Squirrel Pingback: The larvae reach 2. You are commenting using your Facebook account. The range of the sergeant major is worldwide in warm waters. Reef safe with luck: Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine. Sasatilis This species can be extremely aggressive towards other fish.

Occasionally the juveniles appear solid black but never at sizes larger than 20mm. It might be possible to keep smaller specimens for a limited period in a smaller tank.