Friday Fish Time

By Huw Morgan

2 December 2011

Common name: Damsel Fish. Scientific Name: Acanthochromis polyacanthus. Family: Pomacentridae.

There will be some big news about this fish soon so come back to news@csiro on Monday mid-morning. In the meantime – Its colour is variable from blue-grey on the southern Great Barrier Reef to brown further north and some coral species are completely white.

In Australia it is found from the north-western coast of Western Australia and the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

The species is unusual in that the larvae stay with the parents after hatching – as you can see in the photo above.