Pomacentrus pavo

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Pomacentrus pavo
Pomacentrus pavo, Hibernia Reef, NW Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Pomacentrus pavo, Coral Sea, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Pomacentrus pavo, Ashmore Reef, WA, Photo: Andrew Green
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Pomacentrus pavo
Pomacentrus pavo
Pomacentrus pavo


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Iridescent blue-green body and fins, dark vertical streaks on scales, and prominent dark earspot. Sometimes with pale yellow tail.


Max Size: 9 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.6-31.2°C

Depth: 1-18m

Habitat Generalization Index: 5.04

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: Infrequent (6.6% 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 (89 per transect)

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