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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Order — Perciformes Family — Pomacentridae Genus — Abudefduf Species — saxatilis Common Names English language common names are sergeant majordamsel fish, five finger, and pilotfish.

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Only a few aquarists has reported problems keeping this species with corals and other invertebrates. This small, flat, oval shaped reef fish has five distinct black bars on its sides.

Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Abudeefduf names Scientist Sees Squirrel. Juveniles are found in specific habitats, often schooling close to caves, shipwrecks, or other protective objects.

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The pharyngeal teeth are numerous and the bones are moderately heavy; the the gill rakers are numerous, narrow, and long, studded with small teeth. Native range All suitable habitat Point map Year Articles with ‘species’ microformats. The adult male becomes dark bluish, the black bars thus less conspicuous on the body Ref. Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine.

Distinctive Features The sergeant major is a small, rounded fish with the body compressed laterally. Thanks to my friend and colleague Abdelhaq Hamza for help with the Arabic etymology in this post. It is of interest to public aquarium facilities for coral reef display tanks and it is attracted to divers who asxatilis fish. Reef safe with caution: There is also much less distance between the eye abudefruf the upper margin of the mouth in A.


When setting up eaxatilis reef aquarium, Clownfish are the obvious choice.

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In the eastern Atlantic Ocean, its range includes Cape Verde, along the tropical coast of western Africa, south to Angola. Fish in this group live mainly on zooplankton and must be fed frequently, if possible several times a day. Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total: They also grow relatively large in comparison to the other fish in this family. Saxatlis is quite abundant on Caribbean Sea reefs as well as around islands in the mid-Atlantic region.

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Sergeant major (fish)

By continuing to use this website, you abuddfduf to their use. Parasitic fauna is largely dependent upon habitat and diet of this fish. The vertical black bars may be indistinct on very young individuals and the fins colorless. Some species doesn’t handle transportation very well, but that doesn’t mean that the species isn’t hardy under the right conditions.

The sergeant major is of only minor importance to commercial fisheries, however when it is caught it is marketed fresh. I was first drawn to the name because of its peculiar rhythm: Importance to Humans Sergeant majors are easily kept in aquaria. Sergeant major Abudefduf saxatilis.

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Image courtesy Virginia Institute of Marine Science Predators Predators saxattilis the sergeant major include cobia Rachycentron canadumbluehead Thalassoma bifasciatumNassau grouper Epinephelus striatusgreat barracuda Sphyraena barracudasaxtailis jack Caranx ruberand cero mackerel Scomberomorus regalis among many other large carnivorous fishes.


Stomach content analysis reported benthic algae, pelagic algae, and plankton including copepods, shrimp larvae, fish, and pelagic tunicates as specific prey items of this fish.

This guarding of the eggs, characteristic of the family Pomacentridae, is unusual since most reef fishes have a baudefduf stage. Damselfish Pomacentrinae and Lepidozyginae are typically hardy, very attractive, but very territorial.

Clownfish can easily be kept in small tanks, as they do not swim around a lot. Greenish yellow above, asxatilis to white below, with 5 prominent vertical black bars that narrow toward belly Ref. Sergeant majors earn their name from its brightly striped sides, known as bars, which are reminiscent of the insignia of a military sergeant major.

He guards them until they hatch which occurs within hours following fertilization. They do tend to get more aggressive when they have an anemone or when carrying eggs. Tags aggressive territorial, shoal group. You are commenting using your Facebook account. This reef-associated fish is commonly observed forming large feeding aggregations of up to a few hundred individuals. This is based on a medium size animal, which you want to keep for several years. Juveniles are always in the light coloration phase except for those associated with sargassum communities.

Occasionally the juveniles appear solid black but never at sizes larger than 20mm. Low to moderate vulnerability 32 of Sign our Guest Abudefdjf.