sapphire damsel

Scientific name Pomacentrus pavo
Descriptor Bloch
Year of description 1787
IUCN category LC
Family Pomacentridae
Genus Pomacentrus
Pomacentrus pavo Pomacentrus pavo


Pomacentrus pavo, commonly known as sapphire damsel, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    7 cm
  • Maximum size
    8.5 cm
  • Average size
    7 cm
  • Maximum size
    8.5 cm

How to recognize the sapphire damsel ?

The sapphire damsel measures between 7 and 8.5 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly jaune and bleu body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with carnivorous tendency
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The sapphire damsel is a fish gregarious. This species is omnivorous with carnivorous tendency .

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


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert

The sapphire 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
    0 - 18 m

Biotope presentation

The sapphire damsel is most often found at a depth between 0m and 18m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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