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Comprehensive Description

Biology

Adults are found in sheltered seaward coral reefs and lagoons (Ref. 31117), in aggregations within Acropora sp. and Seriatopora histrix (Ref. 41819). Presumably feeding on zooplankton (Ref. 31117). 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).
  • Hunnam, P., A. Jenkins, N. Kile and P. Shearman 2001 Bismarck-Solomon Seas Ecoregion: Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands. p. 86. In Mangubhai, S., B. Masianini, D. Gorman and A. Jenkins (eds). Marine Resource Management and Conservation Planning. (Ref. 41819)
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Distribution

Western Pacific.
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Western Central Pacific: Bismarck Archipelago and Milne Bay Province of PapuaNew Guinea and Solomon Is.
  • Allen, G.R., M.V. Erdmann and P.H. Barber 2010 A new species of damselfish (Chrysiptera: Pomacentridae) from Papua New Guinea and eastern Indonesia. Aqua, Intnl. J. Ichthyol. 16(2):61-70. (Ref. 84037)
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10 - 11; Analspines: 2; Analsoft rays: 10 - 12
  • Allen, G.R. 1999 Three new species of damselfishes (Pomacentridae) from Indonesia and eastern Papua New Guinea. Rev. Fr. Aquariol. 25(3-4):99-106. (Ref. 31117)
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Size

Max. size

3.6 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 31117))
  • Allen, G.R. 1999 Three new species of damselfishes (Pomacentridae) from Indonesia and eastern Papua New Guinea. Rev. Fr. Aquariol. 25(3-4):99-106. (Ref. 31117)
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Diagnostic Description

Tubed lateral line scales 11-14; brilliant deep blue with lighter blue ocellus-like markings on head and breast, and black spot or blotch at base of posterior dorsal rays; caudal fin emarginate (Ref. 31117). Body depth 1.9-2.2 in SL (Ref. 90102).
  • Allen, G.R. 1999 Three new species of damselfishes (Pomacentridae) from Indonesia and eastern Papua New Guinea. Rev. Fr. Aquariol. 25(3-4):99-106. (Ref. 31117)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 20 m (Ref. 31117), usually 3 - 20 m (Ref. 41819)
  • Allen, G.R. 1999 Three new species of damselfishes (Pomacentridae) from Indonesia and eastern Papua New Guinea. Rev. Fr. Aquariol. 25(3-4):99-106. (Ref. 31117)
  • Hunnam, P., A. Jenkins, N. Kile and P. Shearman 2001 Bismarck-Solomon Seas Ecoregion: Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands. p. 86. In Mangubhai, S., B. Masianini, D. Gorman and A. Jenkins (eds). Marine Resource Management and Conservation Planning. (Ref. 41819)
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Trophic Strategy

Found in sheltered seaward coral reefs and lagoons (Ref. 31117), in aggregations within Acropora sp. and Seriatopora histrix (Ref. 41819). Presumably feeding on zooplankton (Ref. 31117).
  • Hunnam, P., A. Jenkins, N. Kile and P. Shearman 2001 Bismarck-Solomon Seas Ecoregion: Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands. p. 86. In Mangubhai, S., B. Masianini, D. Gorman and A. Jenkins (eds). Marine Resource Management and Conservation Planning. (Ref. 41819)
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

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).
  • Breder, C.M. and D.E. Rosen 1966 Modes of reproduction in fishes. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey. 941 p. (Ref. 205)
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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