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); magniseptus: Named for the Great Barrier Reef (Latin 'magniseptus' for great-barrier) geographic distribution; noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 2 - 12 m (Ref. 114927). Tropical; 11°S - 24°S (Ref. 114927)
Western Pacific: Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 114927)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 13 - 15;
Vertebrae: 26. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D XIII,13-15 (usually 14); A II,13-15 (usually 14); pectoral-fin rays 17-19 (usually 18); tubed lateral-line scales 16-19 (usually 18); total gill rakers on first arch 21-24 (usually 23); body depth 1.9-2.1 in SL; usually scales are absent on preorbital and suborbital, except occasional scales on posterior part of suborbital; general colour in life charcoal gray with thick blackish scale margins producing a network pattern and a vertically ovate whitish spot centered on each scale, forming rows that correspond with horizontal scale rows; pectoral-fin base with a large black spot , invading outer part of axil; inner surface of pectoral-fin axil grayish; median fins are charcoal gray to blackish; dorsal scleral surface of eye bright blue. This species differs from other members of the philippinus species complex by having a distinctive color pattern, with horizontal rows of whitish spots on the side of the body made up of the pale centers of the distinctly outlined scales and it is always lacking scales on the preorbital and most of the suborbital (occasional specimens, however, possess 1-3 scales on the posteriormost section of the suborbital) (Ref. 114927).
Usual habitat consists of passages and outer reef slopes in about 1.5-12 m, adjacent to vertical walls or in the shadows of overhanging cliffs and ledges (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. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02344 (0.01118 - 0.04914), b=2.98 (2.81 - 3.15), 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. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (17 of 100) .