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Yellowtail Damselfish

Microspathodon chrysurus

Description:

Also known as the Caribbean Jewel Damselfish due to the bright bluish purple spots on its dorsal surface. It can grow up to 21cm and the adults are a uniform dark grey with the purple spots and a yellow tail. The juv. is blue with bright blue spots. In this case this is probably a young adult with well defined spots but the tail is just starting to get its yellow colour which develops with age.

Habitat:

Found in the western Atlantic, this spotting was made in eastern Panama in the Bocas Del Toro Province amoungst coral just off Mangrove forest.

Notes:

Like most Damselfish species, this one is very territorial. These images were taken from video footage.

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2 Comments

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 years ago

Thank you Rach. I will figure out how to post the video one day. The spots on these fish just glow!

remkinloch
remkinloch 2 years ago

Fantastically clear image from a video clip - lovely shot.

triggsturner
Spotted by
triggsturner

Provincia de Bocas del Toro, Panama

Spotted on Apr 8, 2018
Submitted on May 5, 2018

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