Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Pomacentridae
(Damselfishes) > Pomacentrinae
Etymology: Pomacentrus: Greek, poma, -atos = cover, operculum + Greek, kentron = sting (Ref. 45335); albiaxillaris: Named for its diagnostic white color of the pectoral-fin axil; compound adjective.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 4 - 15 m (Ref. 114927), usually 4 - 15 m (Ref. 114927). Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Pacific: apparently restricted to Palau.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 114927)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 13 - 15;
Vertebrae: 26. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D XIII,12-15 (usually 14); A II,13-15 (usually 14); pectoral-fin rays 16-18 (usually 18); tubed lateral-line scales 15-18 (rarely 15-16); total gill rakers on first arch 22-25 (usually 23-24); body depth 2.0-2.2 in SL; no scales on preorbital, a single row of scales on suborbital, often restricted to posterior part, continuing around posterior margin of eye; colour in life generally gray to bluish gray with thick black or dark-brown scale margins creating a network pattern; a small black spot restricted to the uppermost portion of pectoral-fin base; both sides of pectoral-fin axil white; dorsal and anal fins are dark gray or blackish with translucent portion posteriorly; caudal fin whitish; dorsal scleral surface of eye is bright blue. This species differs from from other members of the philippinus complex by having a small black spot restricted to the uppermost part of the pectoral-fin base vs. a large black spot that completely covers the base, and by having a white pectoral-fin axil vs. other colors or not especially colored (Ref. 114927).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, G.R., M.V. Erdmann and P.D. Pertiwi, 2017. Descriptions of four new species of damselfishes (Pomacentridae) in the Pomacentrus philippinus complex from the tropical western Pacific Ocean. J. Ocean Sci. Found. 25:47-76. (Ref. 114927)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02291 (0.01103 - 0.04759), b=2.99 (2.82 - 3.16), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.7 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .