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n. pl. damselfish or dam·sel·fish·es
Any of various small tropical marine fishes of the family Pomacentridae, which are brightly colored and are often kept in home aquariums. Also called demoiselle.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any small tropical percoid fish of the family Pomacentridae, having a brightly coloured deep compressed body. See also anemone fish


(ˈdæm zəlˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any of several brilliantly colored coral reef fishes of the family Pomacentridae. Also called demoiselle.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.damselfish - small brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes of coral reefsdamselfish - small brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes of coral reefs
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
beaugregory, Pomacentrus leucostictus - a blue and yellow damselfish of Bermuda and Florida and the West Indies
anemone fish - live associated with sea anemones
Abudefduf saxatilis, sergeant major - large blue-grey black-striped damselfish; nearly worldwide
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Evidence that temperature change cues reproductive development in the spiny damselfish, Aeanthochromis polycanthus.
Caption: Young damselfish living in carbon dioxide-rich waters act oddly around predator odors compared with fish in areas with less C[O.
There are also more than 30 species of reef-associated fish, including rare species like the sind damselfish and regal damselfish, both previously unseen in the area.
Like miniature farmers, damselfish protect their own macro-algal gardens on coral reefs.
Some organisms treat the coral as a hotel strip, such as the white-bellied damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon leucogaster), which McCoy captures sleeping in the branches of a sea fan coral.
As part of the study, the researchers put clownfish and damselfish larvae into seawater equivalent to that which would be found if the atmosphere contained 700 ppm and 850 ppm of CO2 - levels that could be reached by the end of the century.
These "holdfasts" as they're called become home to leopard sharks, California moray eels, giant sea bass, Garibaldi damselfish, schools of sardines and more as you'll see in the 188,000-gallon habitat whose wavy surface can be seen from the outdoor Rocky Shore gallery on the second floor.
Recent studies conducted at the University of Queensland Australia concluded that certain species, including damselfish, use ultraviolet facial patterns to distinguish between species.
Coral reefs have vanished, marine species such as the Galapagos black- spotted damselfish ( Azurina eupalama ), Galapagos stringweed ( Bifurcaria galapagensis ), and the 24- rayed sunstar ( Heliaster solaris ) are thought to be extinct, and dozens of others -- including the beloved Galapagos penguin -- are close to annihilation.
The damselfish Chromis abyssus, was discovered in a deep-reef habitat off the Pacific island of Ngemelis in Palau.
The damselfish, Chromis abyssus, from Pacific island Ngemelis.