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Dusky Damselfish

Stegastes adustus


Adults dark gray to blackish with vertical black lines on body; a black spot, sometimes diffuse, at upper base of pectoral fins which are pale; other fins dark.Juveniles are reddish orange above, with small bright blue spots on forehead and dark spots at upper pectoral fin base, dorsal fin, and caudal peduncle; colors disappear as fish grows larger.


Adults inhabit rocky shores exposed to wave action. Often in tide pools, reef-associated; non-migratory.


Status: Not evaluated. Western Central Atlantic: Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and along the coast of central America to Panama and Venezuela. Also known from the Bahamas and the Antilles.

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Dusky Damselfish
Stegastes adustus

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tibiprada 11 years ago

LivanEscudero; Thank you ... I'll take it !

LivanEscudero 11 years ago

It's one of the mainly brown Damselfish, I think this is a Dusky.

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Lighthouse Point, Florida, USA

Spotted on Sep 22, 2011
Submitted on May 5, 2012

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