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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > fishes > Family Pomacentridae
Honey-head damsel
Dischistodus prosopotaenia

Family Pomacentridae
updated Oct 2020
Where seen? Juveniles of this fish are sometimes seen on near our reefs. Elsewhere, adults are found iin lagoons and coastal reefs, usually in silty areas, may be solitary or in groups.

Features: To 16cm, juveniles seen about 2cm long. Juveniles with a white body, two broad honey brown bars, one through the eyes, and another in the middle of the body, with a large gold-margined black spot on the dorsal fin. The adult looks different, honey brown with a white breast lacking dark blotches, a broad pale bar in the middle of the body, head with blue lines.

St John's Island, May 14

Pulau Semakau, Oct 11

Adult caught in a fishing net.
Terumbu Semakau, Jun 11

Honey-head damsels on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Terumbu Hantu, Jul 19
Photo shared by Liz Lim on facebook.

Thanks to Jeffrey Low for identifying the adult caught in a fishing net.



  • Allen, Gerry, 2000. Marine Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
  • Lieske, Ewald and Robert Myers. 2001. Coral Reef Fishes of the World Periplus Editions. 400pp.
  • Kuiter, Rudie H. 2002. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia: A Comprehensive Reference for Divers & Fishermen New Holland Publishers. 434pp.
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