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Pomacentrus moluccensis is a deep-bodied, laterally-compressed fish, growing to a length of about 9 cm (4 in). The head is slightly longer than it is high, with a large eye and oblique mouth. The teeth are in two series and have rounded tips. The dorsal fin has 13 spines and 13 to 14 soft rays. The anal fin has 2 spines and 14 soft rays the first anal spine is half the size of the second. The first ray of the pelvic fins is much elongated, and is longer than the head. The pectoral fins are rather shorter, and the caudal fin is shallowly forked with rounded lobes. The colour of this fish is a uniform yellow, and there is a small orange spot at the base of the pectoral fin (except for fish in the Philippines). Pomacentrus moluccensis is a coral-associated species that has been shown to decline dramatically following coral bleaching.
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