Animal Species:South Seas Demoiselle, Chrysiptera taupo (Jordan & Seale, 1906)

The South Seas Demoiselle is a brightly coloured species that lives in tropical waters of the south-west Pacific.

South Seas Demoiselle at Lady Elliot Island

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Standard Common Name

South Seas Demoiselle

Alternative Name/s

Fiji Damsel, South Seas Devil

Identification

The species is bright blue with scattered white spots.  The fins and belly are yellow.

Size range

8.5 cm

Distribution

South Seas Demoiselles occur in tropical waters of the south-west Pacific.  In Australia the species is known from the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Chrysiptera taupo

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of South Seas Demoiselle specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

Tropical coral reefs and inshore areas.

Classification

Species:
taupo
Genus:
Chrysiptera
Family:
Pomacentridae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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