Plectroglyphidodon phoenixensis (Schultz, 1943)
Phoenix devil
Plectroglyphidodon phoenixensis
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Pomacentridae (Damselfishes), subfamily: Pomacentrinae
Max. size:  9 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 8 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Marquesan, Society and Tuamoto islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands (Ref. 1602).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-17; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 13-14. Description: Overall brown, vertical bars narrow white with yellow tinge, dorsal fin posterior spot dark, caudal fin white (Ref. 90102). Body depth 1.9-2.1 in SL (Ref. 90102)
Biology:  Adults are found exclusively in surge zone of seaward reef margins (Ref. 9710). They occur in or near Acropora or Pocillopora coral patches (Ref. 1602). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). A solitary territorial herbivore (Ref. 1602). Feeds on benthis algae (Ref. 89972). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.06.92
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 14.10.14
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 10.08.94

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