Ebony Gregory Stegastes limbatus

  • Fringing Reef
  • Dusky Gregory
  • Damselfishes
  • Fauna
  • Lagoon coral patches


The Stegastes limbatus, of the order of Perciformes and family Pomacentridae (Damselfishes) is commonly known as the Ebony Gregory. The overall body colour is blue black with black scale outlines. The scales present on the nape and on the side of the head are often blue. They have whitish lips and a small black spot near lateral line origin. There is a broad white bar present across the middle of the sides, that might possibly be associated with courtship. It has a total of 12 to 13 dorsal spines, 15 to 17 dorsal soft rays, 2 anal spines and 12 to 14 anal soft rays[1]..


[1] ‘Stegastes Limbatus Summary Page’.

Habitat and ecology

This species is present in the Indian Ocean, from Madagascar to Reunion and Mauritius. The recorded depth range reaches 2m. Adults are found in the surge zone of inshore boulder areas. They form distinct pairs during breeding and the males will guard and aerate the eggs.


Conservation and management

The conservation status of this species has not been evaluated yet.

Did you know?

This species can reach a maximum recorded length of 15 cm.