The Indo-Pacific sergeant may also be known as the Sergeant major although this name is usually reserved for the closely related species Abudefduf saxatilis.
The Indo-Pacific sergeant is found from the Red Sea to South Africa, as far as Southeast Australia and South Japan. Recently also found in the Mediterranean.
Often confused with the closely related Atlantic species Abudefduf saxatilis, the Indo-Pacific sergeant is pale in colour becoming yellowish above with five vertical black bars. Its ground colour becomes bluish during courtship. It reaches up to 20 cm in length and tends to be found in groups.
Zooplankton or benthic algae.
Hazards to humans
There have been reports of ciguatera poisoning from this fish.
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