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  Staghorn Damsel (Amblyglyphidodon curacao)





Staghorn Damsel | Amblyglyphidodon curacao photo
Staghorn Damsel at Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia

Image by Dr. Dwayne Meadows, NOAA/NMFS/OPR - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



STAGHORN DAMSEL FACTS

Description
The Staghorn Damsel is silvery green with three or four broad dark bars. The underside is paler. The tail has a dark margin. Groups are often seen feeding over growths of staghorn coral (Acropora species).

Size
length to 13cm

Habitat
lagoons, bays, reef passages, outer reefs. Juveniles are often found amongst Sarcophyton and Sinularia soft corals. Found at depths from 1m to 40m.

Food
Feeds on zooplankton, algae, shrimps, fish eggs.

Range
The Staghorn Damsel is found in marine waters of the Western Pacific, from the Philippines to China and Japan, and south to Australia. In Australia it is known found around offshore reefs of north-western Western Australia and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Pomacentridae
Genus:Amblyglyphidodon
Species:curacao
Common Name:Staghorn Damsel