Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Ovalentaria/misc
(Various families in series Ovalentaria) > Pomacentridae
(Damselfishes) > Pomacentrinae
Etymology: Chrysiptera: Greek, chrysos = golden + Greek, pteron = fin, wing (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 0 - 12 m (Ref. 9710). Tropical; 32°N - 30°S
Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Marquesan and Society islands, north to Japan, south to Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
soft rays: 11 - 13. This species occurs in 2 basic color phases: a blue-backed (leucopoma) phase and a gray to black (amabilis) phase usually with 2 light bars (Ref. 37816). Large blue-edged black spot at end of dorsal fin base, and yellow form with black spots at end of dorsal fin and its base (Ref. 48636). Body depth 2.3-2.5 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Adults occur in rubble-strewn surge channels, the outermost reaches of exposed reef flats, and the upper submarine terrace at 12 meters. Territorial but they generally occur in groups, and remains close to shelter. Feed mainly on benthic algae and small crustaceans (Ref. 1602, 37816 ). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205). Diurnal species (Ref. 54980; 113699).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205).
Allen, G.R., 1991. Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25.4 - 29.3, mean 28.4 °C (based on 2701 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01479 (0.00662 - 0.03303), b=2.99 (2.80 - 3.18), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.7 ±0.3 se; based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 127 [75, 271] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.954 [0.595, 1.471] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.8 [17.8, 19.8] % ; Omega3 = 0.163 [0.102, 0.258] g/100g ; Selenium = 26.1 [14.0, 44.6] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 102 [36, 281] μg/100g ; Zinc = 2.04 [1.42, 2.89] mg/100g (wet weight);