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Four-Stripe Damselfish

BAD Fish

Scientific Name Dascyllus melanurus

Other Name(s) Blacktail Humbug Damselfish; Black-Tailed Dascyllus

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Four-Stripe Damselfish

BAD Fish
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White with 3 black bars and black tail tip, giving the appearance of 4 bars/stripes. Black tail tip distinguishes it from Three-Stripe Damselfish. Attempts at captive breeding have been unsuccessful. Like other damselfishes listed here, the Four-Stripe Damselfish is also subjected to tank cycling. Despite the likelihood that many are illegally captured with cyanide, they are among the top 10 marine aquarium fish imported into the U.S.