Australian Damsel, Pomacentrus australis (Allen & Robertson, 1973)
The Australian Damsel looks similar to the Blue Damsel. The two species can be distinguished by the yellow anal and caudal fins of the Blue Damsel.
Adult Australian Damsels can be recognised by their colouration. The juveniles are vivid blue.
Adult Australian Damsels are blue to bluish-grey on the upper sides of the body and often paler below. The centre of each scale is blue. Juveniles are vivid blue.
It occurs on shallow coral and rocky reefs as well as muddy areas.
The species occurs throughout the Indo-West Pacific.
In Australia it is known from the central coast and reefs of Queensland to the southern coast of New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
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