RSS Pomacentrus maafu is Tonga and Fiji’s newest species of damselfish

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    Pomacentrus maafu*is a new species of damselfish which was described from almost 200 fish from Fiji and Tonga. Closely related to Pomacentrus moluccensis*from the West Pacific Ocean, Pomacentrus maafu*is almost identical in shape and merisitic counts, but it was differentiated based on DNA analysis and it sports a distinct coloration. Compared to the golden yellow lemon damselfish Pomacentrus moluccensis, P. maafu*is mostly brown with a golden yellow head, vent and pectoral fins as well as the caudal fin and peduncle.*

    Pomacentrus maafu is described by Gerald Allen and Joshua Drew in Aquapress volume 18, number 3.


    [​IMG]Pomacentrus moluccensis from Fiji are now known to be the species P. maafu. Photo by Bob Fenner



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