Whitetail Damsel (species: Pomacentrus chrysurus) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pomacentrus chrysurus
Whitetail Damsel

©Lyle Vail: Pomacentrus chrysurus near Turtle Beach, Lizard Island.

©Andy Lewis: Juvenile Whitetail Damsel (Pomacentrus chrysurus). Adults lose the yellow colouration and do not have the ocellated spot on rear dorsal fin.

©Paul Asman: An adult Pomacentrus chrysurus at Anchor Bay, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Pomacentridae
Genus Pomacentrus
Species Pomacentrus chrysurus



Distinguishing features

Grey/brown with white tail, yellowish pectoral fins. Juveniles have a black spot outlined in blue at the rear of the dorsal fin.


  • Up to 9 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Almany, G.R., LF. Peacock, C. Syms, M.I. McCormick and G.P. Jones (2007). Predators target rare prey in coral reef fish assemblages, Oecologia, 152: 751-761. LIRS catalog number 1053.
  • Burger, M.A.A. and R.D. Adlard (2010). Four new species of Kudoa Meglitsch, 1947 (Myxosporea: Multivalvulida) from Australia with recommendations for species descriptions in the Kudoidae, Parasitology, 137: 793-814. LIRS catalog number 1318.
  • Caley, M.J. (1991). Mechanisms of coexistence in communities of coral-reef fishes, Ph.D. thesis, University of Sydney. LIRS catalog number 307.
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