Dischistodus melanotus (Bleeker, 1858)
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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Pomacentridae  
 Genus Dischistodus  
  Dischistodus melanotus    (Bleeker, 1858) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms: Dischistodus notophthalmus Dischistodus notopthalmus Pomacentrus melanotus Pomacentrus notophthalmus Pomacentrus suluensis   details
Citation: Fishbase(2005); Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)
Character: Dorsal rays XIII, 13-15; Anal rays II, 13-14; pectoral rays 17; lateral-line scales 15-17; body depth 2.0-2.1 in standard length. Upper and lower accessory caudal rays not spinous. Posterior margin of preopercle serrated. Both jaws with biserial teeth. Predorsal scales reaching above anterior part of orbit. Adults with a large black patch on the abdomen reaching the anus; juveniles an ocellus over the center of the dorsal fin base. 
Habitat: Occurs in lagoon reefs and generally prefers small patch reefs with sand or rubble substrates. Feeds on benthic algae which it aggressively guards against other herbivores. Juveniles secretive in rubble. 
Distribution: Distributed in the western Pacific, including southern Japan and the Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, Philippines, Palau, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef. Reported from Vanuatu. It is very rare and only found in southern Ta 
Utility: No commercial value.  
Name Code: 382365
  
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