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dam·sel·fish

 (dăm′zəl-fĭsh′)
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.

damselfish

(ˈdæmzəlˌfɪʃ)
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

dam•sel•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.
[1900–05]
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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Recreational fish feeding affects coastal fish behaviour and increases frequency of predation on damselfish (Chromis chromis) nests.
Damselfish are generally small reef fish related to the larger and often more flambuoyant angelfish.
Already, the barren area around the artificial reef has become home to 32 species of fish including damselfish, butterfly fish, lizardfish, thread fin beams, rabbitfish, cardinal fish and lion fish.
Researchers analyzed the contents of 146 stomachs from three different fish species, Arabian angelfish, Dark damselfish, and Paletail damselfish.
Age of clutches in nests and the within-nest spawning-site preferences of three damselfish species (Pomacentridae).
The topics include a revised damselfish taxonomy with a description of the tribe microspathodontini (giant damselfish), habitat use and specialization among coral reef damselfish, ecomorphology and iterative ecological radiation of damselfish, sound production and hearing in damselfish, and whether the cerato-mandibular ligament is a key trait.
The spiny damselfish is heavily driven by its circadian rhythm.
The impairment of olfactory sensitivity as a result of water acidification is a phenomenon observed in juvenile of the reef orange clownfish Amphiprion percula (Lacepede, 1802) and damselfish larvae Pomacentrus wardi (Whitley, 1927) (Munday et al.
Distinct diel and seasonal patterns of sound production by the longspine squirrelfish (Holocentrus rufus) and bicolor damselfish (Stegastes partitus) also were recorded.
Temporal variations in the diet of the damselfish Stegastes nigricans (Lacepede) on a Reunion fringing reef.