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

Family Pomacentridae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? Resembling an aquatic bumble bee, fat boldly barred juveniles of this fish is sometimes seen in small groups 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. The juveniles are rather nervous fishes that 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.

Raffles Lighthouse, Jul 06

Tanah Merah, Jun 11

Tanah Merah, Nov 10

Sisters Island, Jun 07

Yellow-banded damsels on Singapore shores

Photos of Yellow-banded damsels for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

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.

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 Biola, Dec09

Pulau Senang, Aug 10

Pulau Senang, Aug 10

Pulau Pawai, Dec 09

Pulau Pawai, Dec 09

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

Pulau Salu, Aug 10

Pulau Senang, Aug 10

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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