Pomacentrus brachialis Cuvier, 1830
Charcoal damsel
Pomacentrus brachialis
photo by Bailly, N.

 Family:  Pomacentridae (Damselfishes), subfamily: Pomacentrinae
 Max. size:  8 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 6 - 40 m, non-migratory
 Distribution:  Western Pacific: Indonesia to Fiji, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to New Caledonia. Recently recorded from Tonga (Ref. 53797).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 14-15. Description: Adults dusky to almost black. Eye with yellow iris and black spot on pectoral fin base (Ref. 48636). Body depth 1.8-2.0 in SL (Ref. 90102).
 Biology:  Adults are found in passages and outer reef slopes (Ref. 7247); also in current prone and clear water reef flats to 40 m depth (Ref. 48636). They occur singly or in small groups (Ref. 37816). Feed on zooplankton and benthic 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).
 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. - 29.04.13
 Checked by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 01.09.94

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