Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Ovalentaria/misc
(Various families in series Ovalentaria) > Pomacentridae
(Damselfishes) > Pomacentrinae
Etymology: Amblyglyphidodon: Greek, amblys = darkness + Greek, glyphis = carved + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335). More on author: Bleeker.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 2 - 45 m (Ref. 7247). Tropical; 35°N - 24°S, 32°E - 172°W
Indo-West Pacific: from the Eastern Indian Ocean; north to Ryukyu Is.; south to Indonesia, including Western Australia up to the Caroline and Marshall Is.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
soft rays: 12 - 14. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D XII-XIII,12-13 (usually XIII,12); A II,12-14 (often II,13); pectoral rays 16-17; lateral line tubed scales 14-17; gill rakers total, 25-29; body depth is 1.5-1.8 in SL; colouration, silvery grey with paler scale centers and yellow belly, the anterior half of anal fin and anterior margin of soft dorsal fin and the upper and lower margins of caudal fin is blackish; upper pectoral fin base with a distinct wedge-shaped black mark (Ref. 82240).
Adults inhabit lagoons, reef passages, and the outer reef slopes as solitary individuals or in small groups. Feed on copepods, amphipods, mysids, fish eggs, crustacean larvae, and a small portion of algae (Ref. 7247). 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).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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. and J.E. Randall, 2002. A review of the leucogaster species complex of the Indo-Pacific pomacentrid genus Amblyglyphidodon, with descriptions of two new species. aqua, J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 5(4):139-152. (Ref. 82240)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.9 - 29, mean 27.9 °C (based on 666 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01950 (0.01094 - 0.03474), b=2.98 (2.83 - 3.13), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.39 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 78.3 [45.4, 127.7] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.821 [0.525, 1.356] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.6 [17.5, 19.7] % ; Omega3 = 0.157 [0.092, 0.259] g/100g ; Selenium = 23.9 [11.7, 45.0] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 144 [46, 443] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.28 [0.85, 1.91] mg/100g (wet weight);