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Encyclopedia > Pomacentridae
Clownfish and damselfish

Cocoa damselfish, Stegastes variabilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pomacentridae
Genera

See text. Cocoa damselfish (Stegastes variabilis) from the USGS. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Binomial name (Castelnau, 1855) The cocoa damselfish, stegastes variabilis, is a damselfish of the family Pomacentridae, found on coral and rocky reefs in the Caribbean Sea and neighboring areas in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. ... For other uses, see Scientific classification (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Animal (disambiguation). ... Typical Classes See below Chordates (phylum Chordata) are a group of animals that includes the vertebrates, together with several closely related invertebrates. ... Orders See text The Actinopterygii are the ray-finned fish. ... Families many, see text The Perciformes, also called the Percomorphi or Acanthopteri, include about 40% of all fish and are the largest order of vertebrates. ...

Pomacentridae is a family of perciform fish, comprising the damselfishes and clownfishes. They are exclusively marine (rarely brackish), and noted for their hardy constitutions and territoriality. Many are brightly coloured, so they are popular in aquaria. Families many, see text The Perciformes, also called the Percomorphi or Acanthopteri, include about 40% of all fish and are the largest order of vertebrates. ... Cocoa damselfish (Stegastes variabilis) Damselfish refers to members of the family Pomacentridae, except those of the two genera Amphiprion and Premnasmost, most usually Chromis chromis. ... Species See text. ... Animated map exhibiting the worlds oceanic waters. ... Brackish water is water that is saltier than fresh water, but not as salty as sea water. ... It has been suggested that intruder be merged into this article or section. ... “Aquaria” redirects here. ...


Around 360 species are classified in this family, in approximately 28 genera. Of these, members of two genera, Amphiprion and Premnas are commonly called clownfish or anemonefish, while members of other genera (e.g. Chromis) are commonly called damselfish.[1] For other uses, see Species (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Genus (disambiguation). ... Species See text. ... Species See text. ...

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Etymology

The name of the family is derived from the greek words Greek "poma" and "kentron". Poma roughly translates to the English "cover", referring to the fishes' operculum. Kentron on the other hand is Greek for sting. These two refer to a particular diagnostic character of the family, specifically the spine(s) that can be found along the margin of the family members' operculum.[1] The operculum in fish is the hard bony flap covering and protecting the gills of Bony fish. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Venom. ... North American Porcupine A spine is a hard, thorny or needle-like structure which occurs on various animals. ...


Genera

  • Abudefduf
  • Acanthochromis
  • Altrichthys
  • Amblyglyphidodon
  • Amblypomacentrus
  • Amphiprion
  • Azurina
  • Cheiloprion
  • Chromis
  • Chrysiptera
  • Dascyllus
  • Dischistodus
  • Hemiglyphidodon
  • Hypsypops
  • Labrodascyllus
  • Lepidozygus
  • Mecaenichthys
  • Microspathodon
  • Neoglyphidodon
  • Neopomacentrus
  • Nexilosus
  • Parma
  • Plectroglyphidodon
  • Pomacentrus
  • Pomachromis
  • Premnas
  • Pristotis
  • Stegastes
  • Teixeirichthys

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References

  1. ^ a b "Pomacentridae". FishBase. Ed. Ranier Froese and Daniel Pauly. July 2007 version. N.p.: FishBase, 2007.

FishBase is a comprehensive database of information about fish. ...

External links

  • "Pomacentridae". FishBase. Ed. Ranier Froese and Daniel Pauly. January 2007 version. N.p.: FishBase, 2007.

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