Pomacentrus tripunctatus (Cuvier, 1830)
Pomacentrus tripunctatus (Cuvier, 1830)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Pomacentrus tripunctatus

English Name: Threespot damsel

Creole Name: Bweter

French Name: -

IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (NE)


Dorsal spines: 13; Dorsal rays: 14-15; Anal spines: 2; Anal rays: 14-15.

Adult. A brownish damselfish with darker scale margins, and a large dark spot on the upper caudal peduncle.

Juvenile. Paler with iridescent blue lines on head and back. An ocellus on the upper caudal peduncle and an additional large ocellus on the rear of the dorsal fin.


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 7.5cm SL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits holes in small rocks and sandy bottom with coral rubble (depth 0-3m). Typically solitary. Feed mainly on benthic algae. Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding. Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate. Males guard and aerate the eggs.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is not caught in the fish trap fishery, being too small to be subject to the gear used.


This record (30/03/20) confirms the presence of this species in Seychelles, only previously documented by Smith J.L.B & Smith, M.M. (1963).


Bray, D.J. 2018. Pomacentrus tripunctatus in Fishes of Australia, (30/03/20).

Froese, R. & D. Pauly. Eds. 2020. FishBase. Pomacentrus tripunctatus https://www.fishbase.se/summary/8277 (30/03/20).

Smith, J.L.B. & Smith, M.M. (1963). The Fishes of Seychelles. Department of Ichthyology. Rhodes University. Grahamstown.


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