False-eye Sergeant (Abudefduf sparoides)

Also known as Sergeants, Sergeant Majors, False-eye Damsel

Description

Also known as False-eye Damsel, Sergeant, Sergeant Major.

Found singly or in loose schools over shallow surge zones of coral and rocky lagoons and reef flats.
They feed on algae, crustaceans and benthic invertebrates.
Length - 16cm
Depth - 0-6m
Widespread Western Indian Ocean

Damselfish are egg layers.
First they clear a site ready for a nest, then engage in a mating dance with rapid swimming and fin movements, during this time the males will often turn a shade or two darker and may display white blotches. Spawning occurs at dawn.

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