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Fusilier damselfish

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Fusilier damselfish
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Family: Pomacentridae
Subfamily: Lepidozyginae
Allen, 1975
Genus: Lepidozygus
Günther, 1862
L. tapeinosoma
Binomial name
Lepidozygus tapeinosoma
(Bleeker, 1856)[1]
  • Pomacentrus tapeinosoma Bleeker, 1856
  • Lepidozygus anthioides J.L.B. Smith, 1956

The fusilier damselfish (Lepidozygus tapeinosoma) is a species of damselfish in the family Pomacentridae. It found in the Indo-Pacific oceans.[2] They are popular in aquaria. Adults can grow up to a length of up to 10.5 centimetres (4.1 in).

It is the only species in the genus, Lepidozygus, in its own subfamily, the Lepidozyginae.[3]

Distribution and habitat[change | change source]

They are found in the Indo-Pacific.[2] It is found at depths of 1 to 30 metres (3.3 to 98.4 ft).[2] This fish is found in coral reefs and lagoons. They live in tropical waters.

Description[change | change source]

Adults can grow up to 10.5 centimetres (4.1 in) at maximum length.[2] Color of this fish can change a lot. It depends on its behavior.[4] When it feeds, it turns silvery green.[4] It darkens when resting.[4] In the Maldives, adults guarding their eggs have a banded pattern.[4]

In the aquarium[change | change source]

This fish is sometimes found in the aquarium trade. They can be kept in groups, and they are very peaceful. The Fussiler damselfish will flash red and green colors when feeding. Unlike many other shoaling fish, the fusilier damsels will not single out and focus aggression on the weakest fish. The fussiler damselfish is a social animal and does best when kept with others of the same species. A fast swimming fish that will readily eat most any foods offered.

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References[change | change source]

  1. Eschmeyer, William N.; Fricke, Ron & van der Laan, Richard (eds.). "Pomacentrus tapeinosoma". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Lepidozygus tapeinosoma" in FishBase. June 2018 version.
  3. J. S. Nelson; T. C. Grande; M. V. H. Wilson (2016). Fishes of the World (5th ed.). Wiley. p. 752. ISBN 978-1-118-34233-6. Archived from the original on 2019-04-08. Retrieved 2023-08-29.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Lepidozygus tapeinosoma Overview" Encyclopedia of Life Retrieved on December 25, 2014

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