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(Bleeker 1847), the White- or Yellowbelly Damselfish.
Quite variable in appearance, as evidenced in its multiple common
names, the Yellow/Whitebelly Damsel may well be two distinct
species'¦ The Indo-West Pacific (Melanesia, Micronesia,
Ryukyus to the GBR) form separate from the eastern Africa into Red
Sea one. Both are beautiful and aquarium-desirable varieties, found
on reef slopes, passages and lagoons. This species too is a
generalized zooplanktivore, feeding on crustaceans (copepods,
mysids, amphipods, other crustacean larvae), fish eggs, and some
|Amblyglyphidodon aureus (Cuvier 1830),
the Golden Damselfish. This gorgeous yellow-gold damsel is
found throughout the Indo-West Pacific, the Andaman Sea, eastern
Indian Ocean to Fiji, throughout Micronesia. The Golden Damsel is
mostly found in settings of vertical reef walls amongst corals and
gorgonians. The species feeds almost exclusively on zooplankton.
|Amphiprion clarkii (Bennett 1830),
Clarkii or Yellowtail Clownfish. Indo-West Pacific; Persian Gulf to
Western Australia to Melanesia, Micronesia. To six inches in
length. The most variable species of the subfamily. Blackish to
brown body color, third white body bar on caudal peduncle, white or
yellow tail. Off Mabul, Malaysia.
|Amphiprion ocellaris Cuvier 1830, the
"False" Percula or Clown Anemonefish, or Ocellaris Clown.
Indo-West Pacific; eastern Indian Ocean to Australia, to
Philippines, to southern Japan. To a little over four inches
maximum length. Bred in captivity including beautiful northwest
Regular and Australian dark variety mid-juvenile and adult
below. Orange overall (except for melanistic forms), with
three broad continuous body bars with narrow black margins (vs.
thick ones in A. percula). Off Mabul, Malaysia.