Cloudy Dascyllus, also known as Indian Dascyllus, is a small fish with the scientific name Dascyllus carneus. It belongs to the Pomacentridae family of marine fish.
This fish lives in tropical Indian Ocean waters, from Africa’s eastern coast to the Java Sea.
Cloudy Dascyllus is often found near branching corals on both inshore and offshore reefs. It swims in small groups and eats plankton.
This fish is active during daytime hours and is safe for coral reefs.
Cloudy Dascyllus Interesting Facts
- Found in tropical Indian Ocean waters, Cloudy Dascyllus thrives in reef environments and stays within depths of 16 to 131 feet.
- Growing up to 2.8 inches (7.0 centimeters) long, it features a white body with two vertical bars and blue spots on the head and chest area.
- This fish species feeds on plankton and swims in small groups during daytime hours without migrating.
- During breeding, Cloudy Dascyllus form distinct pairs; males guard and oxygenate their adhesive eggs by moving water around them.
Cloudy Dascyllus Habitat
Cloudy Dascyllus is found in the Indian Ocean, specifically around East Africa, Mauritius, Réunion, St. Brandon’s Shoals, Comoro Islands, Seychelles, Aldabra Islands, Chagos Archipelago, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and the Andaman Sea.
It’s also found on the Seribu Islands in the Java Sea. This fish thrives in marine environments and is closely associated with reefs.
It doesn’t migrate and typically stays within a depth range of 5 to 40 meters (16 to 131 feet).
Cloudy Dascyllus Physical Characteristics
Size: 2.8 inches (7.0 centimeters)
Cloudy Dascyllus grows up to 2.8 inches (7.0 centimeters) long. It has 12 dorsal spines, 14 to 16 dorsal soft rays, 2 anal spines, and 13 to 14 anal soft rays.
Its body is white with two vertical bars behind the head and before the tail base, as well as blackish spots and many blue spots on its head and chest area.
Its body depth is about 1.5 to 1.6 times smaller than its length.
Cloudy Dascyllus Reproduction
Cloudy Dascyllus lays eggs and forms unique pairs when breeding. The eggs stick to surfaces underwater, like rocks or plants.
Male Cloudy Dascyllus protect the eggs and help provide oxygen to them by moving water around them.