Bowtie Damselfish, also known as Black Damsel, Bluefin, or Royal Damsel, is a type of fish found in the Indo-West Pacific. It’s often sold for aquariums.
This fish lives in coral-rich areas like lagoons and reefs and usually eats soft corals. Bowtie Damselfish is found alone or with a partner.
Young Bowtie Damselfish lives around staghorn Acropora corals, while adults live around Tridacna clams and may eat their waste.
This fish is active during daytime hours and is safe for most reef aquariums.
Bowtie Damselfish Interesting Facts
- Bowtie Damselfish inhabits coral-rich areas in the Indo-West Pacific, including places like the Red Sea and East Africa.
- Their appearance changes from colorful while young to deep blue-black adults as they grow.
- These fish lay adhesive eggs on surfaces underwater, with males protecting and providing oxygen until hatching.
Bowtie Damselfish Habitat
Bowtie Damselfish is found in the Indo-West Pacific region. This region includes places like the Red Sea, East Africa, and northern Australia.
It also lives in countries such as the Philippines, Taiwan, and the Solomon Islands. This fish is found in marine environments near coral reefs.
Bowtie Damselfish doesn’t migrate and usually stays within a depth range of 1 to 12 meters (about 3 to 39 feet).
It lives in tropical climates between latitudes 30° North and South, and longitudes 34° East to 171° East.
Bowtie Damselfish Physical Characteristics
Size: 7.1 inches (18.0 centimeters)
Bowtie Damselfish grows up to 7.1 inches (18.0 centimeters) long. It has 13 dorsal spines, 13 to 15 dorsal soft rays, 2 anal spines, and 12 to 15 anal soft rays.
Adult Bowtie Damselfish are deep blue-black in color, including all their fins.
In contrast, younger ones have pale blue body with a wide yellow area running from their snout to the dorsal fin. Their tail fin also has a yellow edge.
As they grow and reach around 5 to 6 cm in size, they change from their colorful young appearance to the uniformly black adult stage.
The body depth of Bowtie Damselfish is about 1.7 to 2 times its standard length (SL).
Bowtie Damselfish Reproduction
Bowtie Damselfish is a marine fish that lays eggs, known as being oviparous. During breeding, it forms unique pairs.
The eggs are called demersal, which means they stick to surfaces underwater.
Male Bowtie Damselfish protects and provides oxygen to the eggs until they hatch.