Bowtie Damselfish (Neoglyphidodon melas)

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Bowtie Damselfish

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Juvenile Bowtie Damselfish

Neoglyphidodon melas

208 Litres (55 US G.)

10.2-16cm (4-6.3 ")


8.1 - 8.4

23.3-27.8°C (74 -82 °F)

6-10 °d

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

2-3 years



Additional names

Bowtie Damselfish, Black Damselfish, Bluefin Damselfish, Yellow-back Damsel, Royal Damsel, Zulu Damsel

Additional scientific names

Paraglyphidodon melas

Tank compatibility

Bowtie Damsels are somewhat reef safe so long as caution is used. They are aggressive, however, and should not be kept with peaceful species.


An aggressive fish that gets even more aggressive as it ages, and it will attack fish larger than itself. It is best kept with similar sized aggressive fish or just with other damsels. Only one Bowtie Damsel should be kept in each tank.


Juveniles have blue pectoral fins and a yellow stripe at the top. Adults are blue-black in colour with a darker colouration near the gill area.


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