Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Adults inhabit rubble and dead coral outcrops that are often situated in sandy areas (Ref. 7247). They occur solitarily or in small groups. 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)
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Distribution

Range Description

The Yellowfin Damselfish, Chrysiptera flavipinnis, is distributed from Samarai Island (southeast Papua New Guinea), the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia, south to Sydney, including the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
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Western Pacific: Samarai Island off southeast end of Papua New Guinea, Coral Sea, Great Barrier Reef and eastern Australia as far south as Sydney.
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
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Western Pacific.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14 - 15; Analspines: 2; Analsoft rays: 13 - 14
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
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Size

Maximum size: 80 mm NG
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Max. size

8.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710))
  • Lieske, E. and R. Myers 1994 Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p. (Ref. 9710)
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Diagnostic Description

Description: Head and body blue with yellow dorsal zone; fins all yellow, dorsal and anal fins with horizontal stripe. Body depth 2.2-2.6 in SL (Ref. 90102).
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The Yellowfin Damselfish inhabits rubble and dead coral outcrops situated in sandy areas at a depth range of 3-38 m. This species can be found individually or in small groups.

Systems
  • Marine
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Environment

reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 3 - 38 m (Ref. 7247)
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
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Depth range based on 3 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 2 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 10 - 41.1
  Temperature range (°C): 24.872 - 25.709
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.151 - 0.894
  Salinity (PPS): 35.312 - 35.361
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.681 - 4.727
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.141 - 0.144
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.055 - 1.409

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 10 - 41.1

Temperature range (°C): 24.872 - 25.709

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.151 - 0.894

Salinity (PPS): 35.312 - 35.361

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.681 - 4.727

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.141 - 0.144

Silicate (umol/l): 1.055 - 1.409
 
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Depth: 3 - 38m.
From 3 to 38 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated.
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Trophic Strategy

Occurs inshore (Ref. 75154). Inhabits rubble and dead coral outcrops that are often situated in sandy areas (Ref. 7247).
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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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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Chrysiptera flavipinnis

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Genomic DNA is available from 2 specimens with morphological vouchers housed at Western Australian Museum
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2010

Assessor/s
Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M. (Sampled Red List Index Coordinating Team)

Reviewer/s
Carpenter, K.E., Polidoro, B. & Livingstone, S.

Contributor/s
De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Smith, J. & Livingston, F.

Justification
Chrysiptera flavipinnis has been assessed as Least Concern. There are no known major threats for this species. It is likely to be undergoing declines due to harvesting and habitat degradation, however these threats are not known across its entire range. It is found on sites with dead coral, indicating it is not reliant on live coral directly. Monitoring of the harvest levels and population numbers is needed to ensure threats don't become more widespread.
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Population

Population
There is no population information available for Chrysiptera flavipinnis.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
The Yellowfin Damselfish is commercially harvested for the aquarium trade. This species may also be threatened by a number of other threats upon its habitat, such as destructive fishing practices, eutrophication, sedimentation, tourism, and coastal development. However these are localised threats only and this species is not dependent on live coral cover.
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Least Concern (LC)
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no species-specific conservation measures for Yellowfin Damselfish, however the distribution of this species may fall within several designated marine protected areas (MPAs), including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Monitoring of the harvest levels and population numbers of this species is needed.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

aquarium: commercial
  • Robins, C.R., R.M. Bailey, C.E. Bond, J.R. Brooker, E.A. Lachner, R.N. Lea and W.B. Scott 1991 World fishes important to North Americans. Exclusive of species from the continental waters of the United States and Canada. Am. Fish. Soc. Spec. Publ. (21):243 p. (Ref. 4537)
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