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Biology

Adults inhabit sheltered inshore reefs and deep coastal reef slopes, usually in 20 m or more. They occur singly or in pairs, usually seen close to the substrate near their burrow (Ref. 48636). 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

Western Central Pacific: known only from Timor, and Flores in Indonesia, and the Philippines.
  • 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): 13 - 14; Analspines: 2; Analsoft rays: 13
  • 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; dorsal fin yellow. Body depth 1.9-2.0 in SL (Ref. 90102).
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
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Type Information

Type for Chrysiptera bleekeri
Catalog Number: USNM 93531
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Preparation: Illustration
Year Collected: 1908
Locality: Vicinity of Jolo., Jolo Lt., S. 16 deg. E., 0.85 mile., Jolo Island, Philippines, Sulu Archipelago, Pacific
Depth (m): 42
Vessel: Albatross
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 3 - 35 m (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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Depth range based on 1 specimen in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 42 - 42
  Temperature range (°C): 26.930 - 26.930
  Nitrate (umol/L): 2.103 - 2.103
  Salinity (PPS): 34.159 - 34.159
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.135 - 4.135
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.241 - 0.241
  Silicate (umol/l): 0.667 - 0.667
 
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Depth: 3 - 35m.
From 3 to 35 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated.
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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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