Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Adults inhabit sand and rubble bottoms of steep outer slopes. Numerous individuals in loose aggregations observed in gullies that dissected the steep slope. Invariably sighted to stay close to the bottom, quickly retreating into holes among the rubble when approached closely, The largest individual that was observed was estimated to be about 35 cm SL (Ref. 53986). 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. and S. Bailey 2002 Chrysiptera albata, a new species of damselfish (Pomacentridae) from the Phoenix Islands, Central Pacific Ocean. Aqua J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 6(1):39-43. (Ref. 53986)
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Distribution

Phoenix Islands, Central Pacific.
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Eastern Central Pacific: Phoenix Islands (Kiribati).
  • Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed.) 2003 Catalog of fishes. Updated database version of March 2003. Catalog databases as made available to FishBase in March 2003. (Ref. 46206)
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12; Analspines: 2; Analsoft rays: 13
  • Allen, G.R. and S. Bailey 2002 Chrysiptera albata, a new species of damselfish (Pomacentridae) from the Phoenix Islands, Central Pacific Ocean. Aqua J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 6(1):39-43. (Ref. 53986)
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Size

Max. size

2.8 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 53986))
  • Allen, G.R. and S. Bailey 2002 Chrysiptera albata, a new species of damselfish (Pomacentridae) from the Phoenix Islands, Central Pacific Ocean. Aqua J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 6(1):39-43. (Ref. 53986)
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Diagnostic Description

Diagnosis: Whitish overall without distinct marks. D XIV,12; A II,13; P 15-16. Gill rakers on first branchial arch 5 or 6 + 19 or 20, total rakers 19 or 20. Tubed lateral line scales 15 or 16 (Ref. 53986).
  • Allen, G.R. and S. Bailey 2002 Chrysiptera albata, a new species of damselfish (Pomacentridae) from the Phoenix Islands, Central Pacific Ocean. Aqua J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 6(1):39-43. (Ref. 53986)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 40 - 55 m (Ref. 53986)
  • Allen, G.R. and S. Bailey 2002 Chrysiptera albata, a new species of damselfish (Pomacentridae) from the Phoenix Islands, Central Pacific Ocean. Aqua J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 6(1):39-43. (Ref. 53986)
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Depth range based on 1 specimen in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 43.5 - 43.5
  Temperature range (°C): 28.986 - 28.986
  Nitrate (umol/L): 1.536 - 1.536
  Salinity (PPS): 35.455 - 35.455
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.528 - 4.528
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.519 - 0.519
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.450 - 1.450
 
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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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