Pomacentrus smithi Fowler & Bean, 1928
Smith's damsel
Pomacentrus smithi
photo by Cook, D.C.

 Family:  Pomacentridae (Damselfishes), subfamily: Pomacentrinae
 Max. size:  7 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 14 m, non-migratory
 Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and New Hebrides.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 13-14. Description: Series of small blue spots along scale rows, especially anteriorly over the back (Ref. 48636). Body depth 2.1-2.2 in SL (Ref. 90102).
 Biology:  Adults inhabit live coral patches often in silty areas of lagoons and inshore reefs. They occur in small to large groups. Feed in midwater above live coral heads (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:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 23.05.94
 Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 21.07.11

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