Abudefduf saxatilis. This small, flat, oval shaped reef fish has five distinct black bars on its sides. While in sandy areas and over reefs, it is in its. Latin name, Abudefduf saxatilis. Common name, Sergeant major. Family, Pomacentridae – Abudefduf. Origin, West Indian Ocean, The Mexican Golf, West. Biology. Juveniles are common in tide pools while adults found over shallow reef tops. Adults frequently form large feeding aggregations of up to several.
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Image by Klaus Rudloff, kdrudloff web. I was first drawn to the name because of its peculiar rhythm: It seems to have a time-signature change between genus and species, which arises because the species name is conventionally Latin, while the genus name is Arabic. The curious name Abudefduf saxztilis spawned some etymological confusion, probably because Abjdefduf biologists whatever their first language tend to pick up some rudimentary Greek and Latin — but rarely any longer any Arabic.
And why ignore the defduf?
Wonderful Latin Names, Part II: Abudefduf saxatilis | Scientist Sees Squirrel
Now, I knew almost none of this before writing this piece. Thanks to my aburefduf and colleague Abdelhaq Hamza for help with the Arabic etymology in this post.
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