Pomacentrus amboinensis Bleeker, 1868
Ambon damsel
photo by Greenfield, J.

 Family:  Pomacentridae (Damselfishes), subfamily: Pomacentrinae
 Max. size:  9 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 40 m, oceanodromous
 Distribution:  Western Pacific: Indonesia to Vanuatu, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to Scott Reef (eastern Indian Ocean) and New Caledonia. Recently recorded from Tonga (Ref. 53797).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 14-16. Description: Body color ranges from a light tan or lavender-yellow to a dark chocolate brown. Ocellus present in all but the largest adults (Ref. 48636). Body depth 2.0-2.1 in SL (Ref. 90102).
 Biology:  An ubiquitous species found in lagoons, coastal reefs, passages and outer reef slopes. Inhabits sandy areas around coral or rock outcrops or other protective shelter. Adults are usually in small groups (Ref. 48636). Feed primarily on algae, but also takes zooplankton. 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). Have been reared in captivity (Ref. 35404.
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.06.92
 Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 20.07.11

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