Pomacentrus adelus

Obscure Damsel | Dusky Damsel
Pomacentrus adelus
Pomacentrus adelus, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Pomacentrus adelus
Pomacentrus adelus, juvenile, Coral Sea, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Pomacentrus adelus
Pomacentrus adelus, juvenile, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Pomacentrus adelus
Pomacentrus adelus
Pomacentrus adelus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Grey-brown body with blue-ringed ocellus on rear of dorsal fin that contracts in adults, small dark earspot and golden iris. P. milleri (Miller\'s damsel) lacks golden iris and has darker scale margins, longer body profile and bright blue and yellow juveniles.


Max Size: 9 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 24.1-31.3°C

Depth: 1-8m

Habitat Generalization Index: 11.44

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Frequent (19.5% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Many (32 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.