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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Marine Habitats

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Often confused with the closely related Atlantic species Abudefduf saxatilis , the Indo-Pacific sergeant is pale in colour becoming yellowish above with five vertical black bars. Its ground colour becomes bluish during courtship. It reaches up to 20cm in length and tends to be found in groups. source: Wikipedia

The Indo-Pacific Sergeant can be recognised by its distinctive colour pattern. It has a white body with five black bars. It is usually yellow dorsally. The species can be separated from the similar-looking Scissortail Sergeant by the lack of black stripes on the caudal fin. source: Australian Museum Factsheets

The Indo-Pacific Sergeant has a white body with five black bars. The upper part of the body usually has a yellow tint. The tail is unmarked, unlike the similar Scissortail Sergeant which has a black stripe along each lobe of the tail. source: OZ Animals

Online resources

Australian Museum Factsheets
Description, Distribution, Morphology, Habitat
Australian Museum provider for OZCAM
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Australian National Fish Collection Images
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Encyclopedia of Life
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OZ Animals
Description, Distribution, Morphology, Habitat, Diet, Images, Occurrence record
Reef Life Survey Images
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Seafood Services Australia
CAAB Code, Author
Description, Reference, Images, Occurrence record

Species Lists

Tropical fish sightings on the Far South Coast NSW
Common / Alternate Name: Sargeant Major
General comments: Narooma
Land / Aquatic: Aquatic
RLS profile v3
Abundance: 13.236
Commercial_Uses: None, other than trivial captures for aquarium trade
Common_Name: Sergeant major;Indo-Pacific sergeant
Depth: (0–17 m)
Diet: Plankton, Algae
Distribution: Indo-West Pacific, Red Sea to the Line islands and Japan to Australia
Frequency: 1.751
IUCN_Threat_status: Not assessed
Invasive: Not known to be invasive
Max_size: 200 mm
Range: 1884.118
Threats: No major threats to this species are known

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Abudefduf vaigiensis


Synonyms Source
Glyphisodon vaigiensis Quoy & Gaimard, 1825 Quoy & Gaimard, 1825
Published in: Quoy, J.R.C. & Gaimard, J.P. 1825. Chapter 9. Poissons. Voyage Autour du Monde, entrepris par orde du Roi, sous le Ministère et conformément aux instructions de S. Exc. M. le Vicomte de Boucharge, secrétaire d'État au Département de la Marine exécuté sur les corvettes de S.M. l'Uranie et la Physicienne, pendent les années 1817, 1818, 1819 et 1820; publié sous les auspices de S.E.M. le Conte Corbière, secrétaire d'État de l'Intérieur, pour la partie historique et les sciences naturelles, et de S.E.M. le Marquis de Clermont-Tonnerre, Secrétaire d'État de la Marine et des Colonies, pour la partie nautique; par M. Louis Freycinet, etc pp. 712 pp. pp. 329-401 pls 43-65

Common Names

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Indo-pacific Sergeant
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Common Sergeant
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Five-banded Damsel-fish
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Five-banded Sergeant-major
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Indo-Pacific Sergeant
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Sergeant Major
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Common Sergeant, Five-banded Damsel-fish, Five-banded Sergeant-major.
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Five Finger
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Scissortail Seargent
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Yellowback Sergeant
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Working classification

Abudefduf vaigiensis  Recorded in Australia

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