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Abudefduf saxatilis.jpg
Abudefduf saxatilis near Paraty, Brazil
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pomacentridae
Subfamily: Pomacentrinae
Genus: Abudefduf
Forsskål, 1775

Abudefduf also known as the sergeant-majors is a genus of fish in the family Pomacentridae.

The name is from Arabic abu, "the one with"; and def, "side", and the intensive plural ending -duf. The name thus means "the one with prominent sides".[1]


There are currently 19 recognized species in this genus:[2]



  1. ^ "International Code of Zoological Nomenclature". Retrieved March 1, 2018. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2015). Species of Abudefduf in FishBase. February 2015 version.
  3. ^ Wibowo, K., M. Toda and H. Motomura, 2018. Validity of Abudefduf caudobimaculatus Okada and Ikeda 1939 and synonymies of Abudefduf vaigiensis (Quoy and Gaimard 1825) (Perciformes: Pomacentridae). Ichthyological Research v. 65 (no. 1): [1-14] 78-91.