Considering 526 ST, Stegastes fuscus, Malacoctenus delalandii, Parablennius marmoreus and Abudefduf
saxatilis exhibited the highest frequency of occurrence (92.59%, 85.74%, 51.52%, and 46.96%, respectively).
1a Body with 6 dark vertical bars; 1st and last stripe (on caudal peduncle) may fade in adults; blue or yellow in color: Abudefduf
panamense and tropical shallow-demersal species Scorpaenodes xyris, Lepophidium negropinna, and Abudefduf
troschelii were found (Figure 8(c)).
1); they are therefore not restricted to the photic zone of the sea, as are the species of the other large damselfish genera Abudefduf
; Poma-centrus, and Stegastes that graze on benthic algae.
Andrea Manica, of the University of Cambridge, UK, was studying the latter - behaviour called filial cannibalism - in scissortail sergeants (Abudefduf
sexfasciatus) in Malaysia.
This result demonstrated that sclerites of this octocoral from three depths are active in defense against a diverse array of generalist fishes, including, in order of decreasing importance, Abudefduf
saxatilis (Linnaeus, 1758), Haemulon au-rolineatum Cuvier, 1829, Haemulon steindacneri (Jordan and Gilbert, 1882), Halichoeres poeyi (Steindachner, 1867), and Chaetodon striatus Linnaeus, 1758 (Ferreira et al., 2001, 2004).
In 2000, Manica staged a large field test with sergeant damselfish (Abudefduf
sex-fasciatus) on a patch of reef in Malaysia.
Potential influence of food abundance on spawning patterns in a damselfish, Abudefduf