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  Narrow-Banded Sergeant Major (Abudefduf bengalensis)





Narrow-Banded Sergeant Major | Abudefduf bengalensis photo
Narrow-Banded Sergeant Major (Abudefduf bengalensis) picks algae from a rock. Fairy Bower, Manly, NSW

Image by Richard Ling - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



FISH FACTS

Description
The Narrow-Banded Sergeant Major is a white fish with six or seven narrow black bands on the body. The tail has rounded lobes. They are seen as individuals or in small groups .

Size
to 18cm

Habitat
coral reefs, protected lagoons. Usually at depths from 0.5m to 8m.

Food
algae, gastropods, small crabs

Range
The Narrow-Banded Sergeant Major is found in tropical waters of the western Pacific from India to the Philippines and south to Australia. In Australia it is found along north-western coast of Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, and south to central New South Wales coast.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Pomacentridae
Genus:Abudefduf
Species:bengalensis
Common Name:Narrow-Banded Sergeant Major

Relatives in same Genus
  Scissortail Sergeant (A. sexfasciatus)
  Indo-Pacific Sergeant (A. vaigiensis)