Tuxedo Damselfish

The Tuxedo Damselfish (Chrysiptera tricincta) is a marine (saltwater) fish in the Pomacentridae family of damelfish. It is also known as the Threeband Damselfish or the Threeband Demoiselle. 

The Tuxedo Damselfish is white with three wide black vertical bands on its body. It has an oval-shaped, laterally-compressed body. It has a set of small teeth in three rows.

Tuxedo Damselfish

It grows to about 6-7 centimetres (2-3 inches) long. 

It is native to the waters of Fiji and Vanuatu in the western Pacific Ocean. It prefers coral reefs and shallow lagoons.

The Tuxedo Damselfish is omnivorous. It eats fish eggs, crab larvae, shrimp, algae, and small aquatic animals such as zooplankton.

It is seen in schools.

The male and female make a nest on the rocky or sandy sea floor. The female lays eggs in the nest and the male guards them. She lays between 6,000 and 73,000 eggs, but most of them are eaten by other fish. 

Tuxedo Damselfish

[Location of photographs: Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua, France]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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