Damselfish

Regal Damoiselle

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IMG_6913Regal Damoiselle
Madagascar (Gorgones Reef) – 12/31/2017

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Humbug Dascyllus

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Humbug Dascyllus
Madagascar (Nosy Tanikely) – 12/27/2017

Blue Damselfish

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Blue Damselfish
Madagascar (Nosy Tanikely) – 12/27/2017

Garibaldi

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Catalina, California (Crane Base) – 5/28/2017

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Catalina, California (Crane Base) – 5/28/2017

Dusky Damselfish

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Dusky Damselfish
Dominica (Scott’s Head Dropoff) – 1/16/2017

Dusky Damsels and Longfin Damsels look so much alike, it is really hard to distinguish the two.  These are the 3 major helpful distinguishing features:

  1. The Longfin Damselfish has a dorsel fin that extends nearly to the end of its tail, whereas the Dusky only extends to the base of the tail (the caudal peduncal).
  2. The Longfin Damselfish has a bright blue edge on its anal fin, whereas the Dusky is missing this feature.
  3. Dusky Damsels tends to hang out at shallower depths.

Cocoa Damselfish

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Bimini, Bahamas (North Turtle Rocks & Kinks) – 11/25/2016 &  West Palm Beach, Florida (Blue Heron Bridge) – 7/1/2017

dominica (1314)Cocoa Damselfish – juvenile
Dominica (Soufriere Pinnacles) – 1/19/2017

 

Cocoa Damselfish Juveniles are distinguished by the dark spot ringed in blue extending to the back from the dorsal fin and the dark spot on the base of its tail.

Threespot Damselfish

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Threespot Damselfish – Juvenile
Roatan, Honduras (Blue Channel) – 3/25/2016

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Threespot Damselfish – Intermediate
Roatan, Honduras (Turtle Crossing) – 3/26/2016

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Threespot Damselfish
Dominica (L’Abym) – 1/15/2017