The correct name for these funny marine creatures is Dascyllus or Damselfish. They live in one small coral, like clownfish in the anemone, and in case of danger, they use it as a shelter. Therefore, even some professional divers consider them to be slightly changed Nemo fish. Very few people know the word “damselfish”. But if you say “Zebra stripped fish” it will be easier for people to understand you. Damselfish looks fabulous. They are flat with a highly intelligent forehead, expressive eyes, and tiny mouth.
Damselfish are captured in many of my paintings with their gleaming coloring. I painted small sketches of Damselfish twice. Since the first painting was intended for a private collection, I decided to paint a second one for exhibitions. There are many fish in the sea that are like two peas. However, there cannot be identical paintings created by the same underwater artist. Anyway, the sketches are all different.
Another version of “Maldivian zebras” here.
P.S. Underwater artist Olga Belka thanks the Anantara group and especially the Anantara Dhugu resort in the Maldives for hospitality, full assistance, and support, as well as the Aquafanatics dive center for safety and the best diving conditions when creating this underwater artwork.