Saturday, November 26, 2011

Three-Striped Damsel

Dascyllus aruanus
The Three-Stripe Damsel is a small, boldly patterned fish found near coral reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They live at depths of up to 12m.

They measure only around 4in in length, and are named for the three black vertical stripes that run down their bodies.

Three-Stripe Damsels make great starter fish in captivity. They are disease resistant, adapt to many different food types, and can be kept in groups.

It is important to note, however, that each Damsel should have its own rock or area in which to live, because this simulates the habitat that the wild fish have within coral reefs, and it prevents the adult Damsels from being too territorial or aggressive with one another.

IUCN Status : Not Listed
Location : Pacific and Indian Oceans
Size : Length up to 4in (10cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Actinopterygii -- Order : Perciformes
Family : Pomacentridae -- Genus : Dascyllus -- Species : D. aruanus

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