lemon damsel

Scientific name Pomacentrus moluccensis
Descriptor Bleeker
Year of description 1853
IUCN category LC
Family Pomacentridae
Genus Pomacentrus
Pomacentrus moluccensis Pomacentrus moluccensis


Pomacentrus moluccensis, commonly known as lemon damsel, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    8 cm
  • Maximum size
    9 cm
  • Longevity
    5 year
  • Average size
    8 cm
  • Maximum size
    9 cm
  • Longevity
    5 year

How to recognize the lemon damsel ?

The lemon damsel measures between 8 and 9 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly jaune body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The lemon damsel is a fish living in small groups. This species is omnivorous .

Although the lemon damsel is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert

The lemon damsel is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 14 m

Biotope presentation

The lemon damsel is most often found at a depth between 1m and 14m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Evidence for developmental thermal acclimation in the damselfish, Pomacentrus moluccensis - M. K. Grenchik - J. M. Donelson - P. L. Munday - Springer Nature - 2013.

Variation in the relationship between otolith weight and age: implications for the estimation of age of two tropical damselfish (Pomacentrus moluccensis and P. wardi) - D. O. Worthington - P. J. Doherty - A. J. Fowler - Canadian Science Publishing - 1995.

Experimental demonstration of no effect by the cleaner wrasse Labroides dimidiatus (Cuvier and Valenciennes) on the host fish Pomacentrus moluccensis (Bleeker) - Alexandra S.Grutter - Elsevier Ltd - 1996.

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