Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Perciformes > Pomacentridae > Microspathodon > Microspathodon chrysurus

Microspathodon chrysurus (Yellowtail damselfish; Yellowtail damsel; Sheephead; Jewelfish)

Synonyms: Glyphidodon rudis; Glyphisodon chrysurus; Pomacentrus denegatus; Pomacentrus niveatus
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Wikipedia Abstract

Microspathodon chrysurus (Jewel damselfish) is a Damselfish from the Western Atlantic. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade, where it is known as the Marine Jewelfish (not to be confused with the freshwater Cichlid, known as the Jewelfish) . It grows to a size of 21 cm in length. When juvenile it has brilliant (metallic) blue spots on a dark blue back ground. It is probably the most aggressive of all Damselfish, and should be kept with fish substantially larger and more robust than itself.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve VI 358906 Mexico    
Cayos Cochinos Archipelago National Park Natural Marine Monument   Honduras  
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun y Punta Nizuc National Park II 21428 Quintana Roo, Mexico    
Parque Marino Nacional Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano National Park II 129688 Mexico      
Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve VI 1312618 Mexico  
Saba Marine Park National Marine Park II 5573 Netherlands Antilles  
Seaflower Marine Protected Area 15125514 Colombia      

Prey / Diet

Acropora cervicornis (Staghorn coral)[1]
Acropora palmata (Elkhorn coral)[1]
Acropora prolifera (Fused staghorn coral)[1]
Agaricia agaricites (Lettuce coral)[1]
Agaricia fragilis (Lettuce-leaf coral)[1]
Agaricia grahamae[1]
Agaricia lamarcki (Sheet coral)[1]
Agaricia tenuifolia[1]
Agaricia undata (Scroll coral)[1]
Alpheus armillatus (banded snapping shrimp)[1]
Alpheus cristulifrons (dotted snapping shrimp)[1]
Alpheus normanni (green snapping shrimp)[1]
Alpheus peasei (orangetail snapping shrimp)[1]
Astrangia solitaria (Southern cup coral)[1]
Balanophyllia floridana (Porous cup coral)[1]
Cladocora arbuscula (tube coral)[1]
Colangia immersa (lesser speckled cup coral)[1]
Colpophyllia natans (Boulder brain coral)[1]
Dendrogyra cylindrus (Pillar coral)[1]
Diploria labyrinthiformis (Grooved brain coral)[1]
Eusmilia fastigiata (smooth flower coral)[1]
Favia fragum (Golfball coral)[1]
Gardineria simplex[1]
Helioseris cucullata (Sunray lettuce coral)[1]
Isophyllia rigida (Rough star coral)[1]
Isophyllia sinuosa (lesser cactus coral)[1]
Madracis asperula[1]
Madracis auretenra (Yellow pencil coral)[1]
Madracis decactis (ten-ray star coral)[1]
Madracis formosa (Eight-ray finger coral)[1]
Madracis pharensis[1]
Manicina areolata (rose coral)[1]
Meandrina meandrites (Rose coral)[1]
Millepora alcicornis (Fire coral)[1]
Millepora complanata (Bladed fire coral)[1]
Millepora squarrosa (Encrusting fire coral)[1]
Montastraea cavernosa (great star coral)[1]
Mussa angulosa (large flower coral)[1]
Mycetophyllia aliciae (Knobby cactus coral)[1]
Mycetophyllia ferox (Rough cactus coral)[1]
Mycetophyllia lamarckiana (Ridged cactus coral)[1]
Mycetophyllia reesi[1]
Oculina diffusa (Ivory bush coral)[1]
Oculina valenciennesi (Ivory lace bush coral)[1]
Ophiocoma echinata (black brittle star)[1]
Ophiocoma wendtii (red ophiocoma)[1]
Ophioderma appressa[1]
Orbicella annularis (boulder star coral)[1]
Phyllangia americana (hidden cup coral)[1]
Porites astreoides (mustard hill coral)[1]
Porites branneri (blue crust coral)[1]
Porites furcata (Hump coral)[1]
Porites porites (Finger coral)[1]
Pseudodiploria clivosa (knobby brain coral)[1]
Pseudodiploria strigosa (symmetrical brian coral)[1]
Rhizosmilia maculata (Speckled cup coral)[1]
Scolymia cubensis (Artichoke coral)[1]
Scolymia lacera (Atlantic mushroom coral)[1]
Siderastrea radians (lesser starlet coral)[1]
Siderastrea siderea (Massive starlet coral)[1]
Solenastrea hyades (knobby star coral)[1]
Stylaster roseus (Purple hydrocoral)[1]
Synalpheus brevicarpus (Short-clawed sponge shrimp)[1]
Synalpheus longicarpus (Longclawed sponge shrimp)[1]
Thalamophyllia riisei[1]
Tubastraea coccinea (Orange cup coral)[1]


Carcharhinus perezii (Caribbean reef shark)[1]
Cephalopholis cruentata (Grouper)[1]
Doryteuthis pleii (arrow squid)[1]
Epinephelus striatus (White grouper)[2]
Gonodactylus bredini[1]
Gonodactylus lacunatus[1]
Rhizoprionodon porosus (Snook shark)[1]
Sepioteuthis sepioidea (Caribbean reef squid)[1]


Parasitized by 
Schikhobalotrema pomacentri[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Acquario di Genova
Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo
Budapest Zool.& Botanical Garden
Florida Aquarium
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Houston Zoo, Inc.
Randers Regnskov
Universeum Science Center
West Edmonton Mall Marine Life Center


Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Brazil; Cape Verde; Caribbean Sea; Cayman Islands; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Curaçao Island; Discovery Bay; Dominica; Dominican Republic; East Brazil Shelf; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Gulf of Mexico; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Martinique; Mexico; Montserrat; Nicaragua; North Brazil Shelf; Panama; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; South Brazil Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Is.; US Virgin Islands; USA (contiguous states); Venezuela; Virgin Islands (UK); Western Atlantic: southern Florida (USA) and Bermuda through the Caribbean Sea to Brazil (Ref. 40101).;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Food Habits of Reef Fishes of the West Indies, John E. Randall, Stud. Trop. Oceanogr. 5, 665–847 (1967)
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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