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  Scissortail Sergeant (Abudefduf sexfasciatus)





Scissortail Sergeant | Abudefduf sexfasciatus photo
Scissortail Sergeant

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Scissortail Sergeant | Abudefduf sexfasciatus photo
Scissortail Sergeant fish

Image by Jenny Huang - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



FISH FACTS

Description
The Scissortail Sergeant is a white fish with five vertical black bands on the body. The tail has two lobes with a dark stripe along each lobe. They are often seen in large groups.

Size
to 22cm

Habitat
coral reefs, rocky reefs. Usually found at depths of 1m to 15m.

Food
algae, plankton.

Range
The Scissortail Sergeant is found in the Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea, to Japan and south to Australia. In Australia it is found along the north-western coast of Western Australia, around Northern Territory, Queensland and down as far as southern New South Wales. Also found around Lord Howe Island.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Pomacentridae
Genus:Abudefduf
Species:sexfasciatus
Common Name:Scissortail Sergeant

Relatives in same Genus
  Narrow-Banded Sergeant Major (A. bengalensis)
  Indo-Pacific Sergeant (A. vaigiensis)