Dick's Damsel (species: Plectroglyphidodon dickii) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Plectroglyphidodon dickii
Dick's Damsel

©Renato Morais: Plectroglyphidodon dickii on the NE side of Lizard Island.

©Lyle Vail: Plectroglyphidodon dickii on the outer slope of Day Reef near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Pomacentridae
Genus Plectroglyphidodon
Species Plectroglyphidodon dickii



Distinguishing features

A small mostly brown fish with white rear body and a black bar separating the brown and white sections; pectoral fin yellowish and trailing edges of tail and sometimes other fins in the white section are purplish.


  • Up to 11 cm (length according to Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • Up to 12 m



©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

  • Bostrom-Einarsson, L., M.C. Bonin, S. Moon and (2018). Environmental impact monitoring of household vinegar-injections to cull crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster spp. Ocean and Coastal Management, 155: 83-89. LIRS catalog number 2202.
  • Casey, J.M., J.H. Choat and S.R. Connolly (2014). Coupled dynamics of territorial damselfishes and juvenile corals on the reef crest, Coral Reefs, doi 10.1007/s00338-014-1221-7. LIRS catalog number 1845.
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