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Yellowtail Damselfish

Microspathodon chrysurus


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.


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


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

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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 2 years ago

Fantastically clear image from a video clip - lovely shot.

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Provincia de Bocas del Toro, Panama

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

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