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Dascyllus melanurus 1.jpg
Dascyllus melanurus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pomacentridae
Genus: Dascyllus
G. Cuvier, 1829
Type species
Chaetodon aruanus
Linnaeus, 1758[1]
  • Pirene Gistel, 1848
  • Tetradrachmum Cantor, 1850
  • Pellochromis Fowler and Bean, 1928
  • Semadascyllus Fowler, 1941

Dascyllus is a genus of fish in the family Pomacentridae. They are usually commensals with corals.[2][1]


There are currently 11 recognized species in this genus:


Deb, a character in the animated film Finding Nemo, is a damselfish of genus Dascyllus.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Randall, H. A.; Allen, Gerald R. (1977). "A revision of the damselfish genus Dascyllus (Pomacentridae) with the description of a new species" (PDF). Records of the Australian Museum. Sydney: The Australian Museum. 31 (9): 349–385. ISSN 0067-1975. doi:10.3853/j.0067-1975.31.1977.217. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Stevenson, R. A. (1963). "Behavior of the Pomacentrid Reef Fish Dascyllus albisella Gill in Relation to the Anemone Marcanthia cookei". Copeia. 1963 (4): 612–614. doi:10.2307/1440960. 
  3. ^ Borsa, P.; Sembiring, A.; Fauvelot, C.; Chen, W.-J. (2014). "Resurrection of Indian Ocean humbug damselfish, Dascyllus abudafur (Forsskål) from synonymy with its Pacific Ocean sibling, Dascyllus aruanus (L.)". Comptes Rendus Biologies. 337 (12): 709–716. doi:10.1016/j.crvi.2014.09.001. 
  4. ^ Randall, John E.; Randall, Helen A. (2001). "Dascyllus auripinnis , a New Pomacentrid Fish from Atolls of the Central Pacific Ocean" (PDF). Zoological Studies. 40 (1): 61–67. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Klausewitz, W. (1960). "Dascyllus strasburgi, ein neuer Fisch aus dem Pazific (Pisces, Perciformes, Pomacentridae)". Journal of Aquatic Biology. 2 (15): 45–49. 
  6. ^ Kirkeby, C. What Kind of Creature Is It? Finding Nemo - Cast of Characters. ClassBrain.com May 22, 2004.