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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > fishes > Family Pomacentridae
Yellow-banded damselfish
Dischistodus fasciatus

Family Pomacentridae
updated Oct 2020
Where seen? Resembling an aquatic bumble bee, fat boldly barred juveniles of this fish is sometimes seen on our Southern shores, near living corals. Larger ones are also sometimes seen. Elsewhere, they are found in silty lagoons, coastal reefs near coral outcrops and seagrass beds, near clear mangrove coasts among rubble.

Features: To about 11cm, those seen much smaller, about 4-6cm long. Small ones with 4 thick yellow bars and 5 thick black bars across the body. Juveniles are rather nervous and dart about quickly, making sudden changes in direction. As they grow bigger, they may have a dark black blotch on their dorsal fin, dark areas may be bluish especially at night. Adults dark with 4 yellow bars.

Lazarus Island, Aug 12

Raffles Lighthouse, Jul 06

Seen in small groups.
Raffles Lighthouse, Jul 06

Pulau Pawai, Dec 09

Seen in small groups.
Pulau Senang, Aug 10

Sisters Island, Jul 07

Tanah Merah, Jun 11

Yellow-banded damsels on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Labrador, Sep 09
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.

Berlayar Creek, Oct 17
Photo shared by Abel Yeo on facebook.

Sentosa Serapong, May 12
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Sentosa, Sep 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Sentosa Tg Rimau, Nov 20
Photo shared by Richard Kuah on facebook.

Terumbu Hantu, Jul 20
Photo shared by Jonathan Tan on facebook.

St John's Island, Oct 20
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Pulau Hantu, Apr 21
Photo shared by Vincent Choo on facebook.

Beting Bemban Besar, May 11
Photo shared by Rene Ong on facebook.

Terumbu Pempang Tengah, May 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Pulau Senang, Aug 10
Photo shared by James Koh on flickr.

Pulau Sudong, Dec 09
Photo shared by Ivan Kwan on his flickr.

With grateful thanks to Jeffrey Low for identifying this fish.



  • Lieske, Ewald and Robert Myers. 2001. Coral Reef Fishes of the World Periplus Editions. 400pp.
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