Amblyglyphidodon aureus (Golden damselfish)

Identification

Bright yellow to gold including the fins, blue markings around the eye, long and pointed rear dorsal and anal fins.

Status

Unevaluated by the IUCN Red list, but considered common.

Habitat

East Indo-West Pacific. Andaman Sea to Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Fiji, SouthWest Japan to NorthWest Australia and New Caledonia. Found in steep outer reef slopes, usually in current prone habitats and where there are abundant gorgonian and long sea-whip corals on which they lay and guard eggs. Juveniles in small groups often found among large sea fans or black corals. Depth range is 3-45 meters.

Reproduction

Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding. Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate. Males guard and aerate the eggs.

Size

Up to 15cm.

Prey / Predation

They feed on zooplankton.

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