Speckled Damsel (species: Pomacentrus bankanensis) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pomacentrus bankanensis
Speckled Damsel

©Anne Hoggett: Pomacentrus bankanensis at Pidgin Point, Lizard Island (30 Jan 2016)

©Andy Lewis: Speckled Damsel at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Pomacentrus bankanensis at North Point, Lizard Island. Note broken blue mid-dorsal stripe.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Pomacentridae
Genus Pomacentrus
Species Pomacentrus bankanensis



Distinguishing features

Commonly orange red on upper head with bright blue lines running from head onto dark blue/grey body; tail white; black spot outlined in blue on rear dorsal fin; a dark "ear" spot and a dark spot at base of pectoral fin, both of which are difficult to see in the orange/red form. A brown form has all features above except for overall colour.

Juveniles have a blue stripe on exact mid-dorsal line rather than a pair of stripes, one on each side of the dorsal line as in juveniles of Pomacentrus vaiuli (Allen and Erdmann, 2012).


  • Up to 10 cm (length according to Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©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

  • Biro, P.A., C. Beckmann and J.A. Sharp (2010). Small within-day increases in temperature affects boldness and alters personality in coral reef fish, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 277: 71-77. LIRS catalog number 1358.
  • 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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