Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Pomacentridae
(Damselfishes) > Pomacentrinae
Etymology: Plectroglyphidodon: Greek,plektron = anything to strike with, spur + Greek, glyphis = carved + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335). More on author: Fowler.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 1 - 18 m (Ref. 1602). Tropical; 30°N - 30°S
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 11441)
Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Hawaiian, Marquesan, and Pitcairn islands, north to the Ryukyu and Bonin islands, south to Lord Howe Island and Rapa. Unknown from the Red Sea, Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman (Ref. 11441).
Adults are found clear water, inner to outer reef crests in rich coral habitat (Ref. 48636). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Common in passages, frequently associated with Acropora, Stylophora, or Pocillopora coral heads or a single head of Pocillopora eydouxi (= Pocillopora grandis). Usually seen solitary (Ref. 48636). Feed on benthic algae and probably coral polyps. Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205).
Allen, G.R., 1991. Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5010 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02512 (0.01306 - 0.04833), b=2.94 (2.77 - 3.11), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.6 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100) .