Charcoal Damsel (species: Pomacentrus brachialis) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pomacentrus brachialis
Charcoal Damsel

©Andy Lewis: An adult Charcoal Damsel at Lizard Island

©Renato Morais: Pomacentrus brachialis at Horseshoe Reef, Lizard Island.

©Renato Morais: A juvenile Pomacentrus brachialis with blueish colour and bright blue fin margins at Horseshoe Reef, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Pomacentridae
Genus Pomacentrus
Species Pomacentrus brachialis



Distinguishing features

Black to dark grey all over, including tail. A large darker spot over pectoral fin base. Juveniles are blueish, have bright blue fin margins and a more translucent tail.


  • Up to 10 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Binning, S.A. (2014). The effects of biotic and abiotic factors on fish swimming performance. PhD thesis, Australian National University. LIRS catalog number 1769.
  • Binning, S.A. and C.J. Fulton (2011). Non-lethal measurement of pectoral fin aspect ratio in coral-reef fishes. Journal of Fish Biology, 79: 812-818. LIRS catalog number 1425.
  • Caley, M.J. (1995). Community dynamics of tropical reef fishes: local patterns between latitudes, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 129: 7-18. LIRS catalog number 447.
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