Neon Damselfish, scientifically known as Pomacentrus coelestis, is a marine fish belonging to the Pomacentridae family.
It’s found in the Indo-Pacific region. Adult Neon Damselfish lives in lagoons and seaward reefs near the bottom among rubble beds.
This fish mostly feeds on zooplankton and a bit of algae from the ocean floor.
Young ones swim together near soft corals while adults form small groups or gather in large numbers above certain parts of reefs.
Neon Damselfish is sometimes seen in the aquarium trade and is safe for coral reef environments.
Neon Damselfish Interesting Facts
- Neon Damselfish grow up to 3.5 inches (9.0 centimeters) long and are native to the Indo-Pacific region.
- These fish feed on zooplankton and algae and live in lagoons and seaward reefs near the ocean floor.
- Male Neon Damselfish guard underwater eggs, providing oxygen through air circulation.
- This species thrives between 36°N to 32°S latitude and 79°E to 133°W longitude, at depths of 1 to 20 meters.
Neon Damselfish Habitat
Neon Damselfish is found in the eastern Indian Ocean and western Central Pacific regions.
Its habitat stretches from Sri Lanka to the Line and Tuamoto islands, moving north up to southern Japan, and south to Rowley Shoals and Lord Howe Island.
This fish lives in marine environments near reefs. It doesn’t migrate and is found at depths of 1 to 20 meters.
This tropical fish also thrives in areas between 36°N to 32°S latitude, and 79°E to 133°W longitude.
Neon Damselfish Physical Characteristics
Size: 3.5 inches (9.0 centimeters)
Neon Damselfish grows up to 3.5 inches (9.0 centimeters) long. It has 13 dorsal spines, 13 to 15 dorsal soft rays, 2 anal spines, and 14 to 15 anal soft rays. This fish has a yellow-orange tail and back parts of its dorsal and anal fins.
Its body depth is about 2.5 to 2.6 times its standard length.
Neon Damselfish Reproduction
Neon Damselfish lays eggs to reproduce. During breeding, this fish forms distinct pairs.
The eggs stick to surfaces underwater. Male fish protect and provide oxygen to the eggs.