Other Names: Bengal Sergeant-major, Narrow-banded Sergeant Major, Palmer's Damsel-fish.
Family: Pomacentridae, the damselfish and clownfish family.
Size: To 17 cm
Distribution: Around the coasts of most of Australia except for the southern waters of WA, SA, Vic, and not around TAS. West to Pakistan, north to Japan.
Habitat: Rocky shorelines close to shore.
References: Edgar, Stuart-Smith et. al, Fishes of Australia.
About the Bengal Sergeant
Pale grey body with seven thinnish black vertical stripes.
Danger: They can bite scuba divers when in breeding season protecting their young, though their bites are not severely dangerous. You can read more about this here.
Photo taken at Sydney Aquarium, Sydney, NSW, Australia. High Resolution 2901 x 2012.
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