Three-spot Dascyllus ~ Three-spot DamselFamily: PomacentridaeDascyllus trimaculatusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Greg Rothschild
These damsels are often called the Domino Damsel because of their juvenile coloration which imitates a "domino".
As juveniles they have a distinct white spot on the forehead and a prominent white spot on the upper side. In a mature Three-spot Dascyllus or Domino Damsel, the marks will most likely disappear or leave just a remnant spot on the side.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Habitat: Natural geographic location: Domino Damsel or Three-spot Dascyllus are found in the Western Pacific and the Indo-West Pacific from eastern Africa and the Red Sea to the islands of Oceania. It is not found in Hawaii or the Marquesas Islands. They are found at depths between 3 - 180 feet (1 - 55 meters), and inhabit coral and rocky reefs.
Maintenance: This fish will readily eat all kinds of live, frozen, and flake foods and algae. Finely chopped meaty foods (like brine shrimp) can be fed regularly. It is best to feed small amounts several times a day. In a reef situation they don't really need to be fed very often at all.
Social Behaviors: Like all damselfish, they can be territorial and aggressive, especially as they get older. Can be kept together and with other larger fish but watch them closely to be sure their aggression doesn't become destructive.
Young Domino Damsels will often live in a comensal relationship with anemones like the one shown here.
Breeding/Reproduction: Some of the damselfish have been bred in captivity.
For more information on the breeding of damselfish, see Marine Fish Breeding: Damselfish.
|Photo courtesy: Joe D|