Grey Damsel (species: Pomacentrus reidi) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pomacentrus reidi
Grey Damsel

©Lyle Vail: Pomacentrus reidi at North Point, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Pomacentrus reidi about 8 cm long at North Point, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Pomacentridae
Genus Pomacentrus
Species Pomacentrus reidi



Distinguishing features

At distance, appears uniformly pale grey with a slightly darker bar at tail base. Seen more closely, pale blue streaks on scales and blue markings on cheek and gill cover are evident. Blue ring around the eye. Allen et al (2003) report a small black spot at pectoral fin base but that is not evident in one of the Lizard Island specimens shown here.


  • Up to 11 cm (Length according to Allen at al (2003))

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Richardson, L.E., N.A.J. Graham, M.S. Pratchett, J.G. Eurich and A.S. Hoey (2018). Mass coral bleaching causes biotic homogeniszation of reef fish assemblages. Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb.14119. LIRS catalog number 2200.