Pomacentrus melanochir   Bleeker,  1877 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 7.4-7.5 cm.

Color: Violaceus brown, lighter below. Head with an orange tint. Scales of head and body with transverse margaritaceous spots. A large dark blotch at base of pectoral. Other fins dusky. Exhibits geographic color variations. When busy displaying turns dark blue. Normally drab, blackish with a pale caudal fin. A small but distinct orange spot on top of pectoral fin base.

Height 2.2-2.5, 3.2-3.3 in length with caudal. Head 4.3-4.7 Eye 2.5-3. Scales on upper part of head reaching to between nostrils. Preorbital with a feeble notch. Suborbital without scales. Mouth oblique. Teeth in two rows. Preopercle slightly denticulated in adults, scarcely so in young ones. Three transverse rows of scales on preopercle and one on inferior limb. Posterior limb naked. Dorsal spine gradually increasing in size posteriorly. Soft dorsal pointed, much higher than spinous part. Soft anal similar to soft dorsal. Pectorals equal to head or somewhat shorter. Ventrals with the first ray produced, longer than head. Caudal forked, the lobes pointed. Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12 - 14; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 13 - 14.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Indonesian damsel (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Zooplankton


• Karnataka, Mysore INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Beaufort, LF (1940) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 8 508 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org

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