Abudefduf whitleyi Allen & Robertson, 1974
Whitley's sergeant
Abudefduf whitleyi
photo by Kochzius, M.

Family:  Pomacentridae (Damselfishes), subfamily: Pomacentrinae
Max. size:  14 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 5 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Australia, Coral Sea, and New Caledonia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 12-12
Biology:  Generally live in relatively shallow water along the outer periphery of individual reef complexes. Feeding aggregations of a hundred or more individuals are often seen swimming high above the substratum. Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 15 November 2010 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 22.04.94
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 15.07.11
Checked by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 19.08.94

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