Reticulated Damselfish

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Reticulated Damselfish

Physical description: The reticulate damselfish is a deep-bodied damsel that is pale bluish-gray overall with black-edged scales. There is a black bar that runs from the front of the dorsal fin to the anal fin (which is also dusky in color). It also has black lips. The most similar species is the Indian dascyllus (Dascyllus carneus), which is found on reefs in the tropical Indian Ocean. It has a blacker dorsal fin and has blue trim on the scales. The margined dascyllus (Dascyllus marginatus) is another close relative that is found in the Red Sea and Gulf of Oman. The reticulate damselfish is brown on the front of the body, white on the rear with black fin highlighting, and a black spot at the base of the pectoral fin. Both species are similar to D. reticulates in their husbandry requirements. The reticulate damselfish reaches a maximum length of around 3 inches.