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Species: Stegastes redemptus, Clarion damselfish

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body brown, rear whitish
C & ends D & A: yellow
juvenile: yellow + 2 black spots

Stegastes redemptus (Heller & Snodgrass, 1903)

Clarion Damselfish

Body oval, compressed; 1 pair of nostrils; margin of preopercle serrated; margin of bone under eye serrated, without notch it and the bone before it; mouth small, protrusible; teeth in single row, long and close-set; lower gill rakers 13-14 (rarely 12 or 15); a single continuous dorsal fin, XII, 15 (rarely 14); anal rays II, 13; pectoral rays 20 (rarely 19 or 21); no projecting short spines at upper and lower base of tail fin; caudal fin bluntly forked; scales are moderately large and rough; body scaled, head largely scaled (snout scaled to nostrils), as are the basal parts of the median fins; lateral-line scales 20 (rarely 19 or 21); lateral line incomplete, ends under end of dorsal fin base.

Head and front of body light brown, middle part of body gradually darker brown and posterior part whitish; most of body scales with blackish margins; soft dorsal and anal fins mostly whitish with pale yellow on outer portion, caudal fin pale yellow; juveniles bright yellow with dusky back, a prominent dark spot at base of anterior soft dorsal rays and smaller dark spot on upper edge of tail base.

Size: grows to 15 cm.

Habitat: rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-20 m.

Primarily from the Revillagigedo Islands, with the odd straggler reaching the tip of Baja California.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Omnivore
  • Sessile worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Data
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Sessile crustacea
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Continent
  • Revillagigedo Islands endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Vulnerable
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 20