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Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Adults occur in protected inner reef flats and shallow lagoons and channels, over rubble and rocky outcrops. Feed primarily on filamentous algae (Ref. 7247). 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

Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Marshall and Gilbert islands and Samoa, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to Australia.
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
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Indo-West Pacific.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12 - 14; 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: 110 mm NG
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Max. size

12.5 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 48600))
  • Murty, V.S. 2002 Marine ornamental fish resources of Lakshadweep. CMFRI Spec. Publ. No. 72. 384 p. (Ref. 48600)
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Diagnostic Description

Bluish or purplish spots at the posterior base of the dorsal fin. Juveniles with large ocellus that reduces with size and lacks completely in adults. The white band in young reduces to a small white saddle in large adults (Ref. 48636). Body depth 2.2-2.5 in SL (Ref. 90102).
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
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Description

Occurs in protected inner reef flats and shallow lagoons and channels, over rubble and rocky outcrops. Feeds primarily on filamentous algae.
  • Anon. (1996). FishBase 96 [CD-ROM]. ICLARM: Los Baños, Philippines. 1 cd-rom pp.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 0 - 5 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 104 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 85 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0.15 - 9.6075
  Temperature range (°C): 24.659 - 29.336
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.050 - 0.644
  Salinity (PPS): 32.886 - 40.307
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.290 - 4.825
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.083 - 0.257
  Silicate (umol/l): 0.910 - 4.776

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 0.15 - 9.6075

Temperature range (°C): 24.659 - 29.336

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.050 - 0.644

Salinity (PPS): 32.886 - 40.307

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.290 - 4.825

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.083 - 0.257

Silicate (umol/l): 0.910 - 4.776
 
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Depth: 0 - 5m.
Recorded at 5 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated.
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Trophic Strategy

Occurs in protected inner reef flats and shallow lagoons and channels, over rubble and rocky outcrops. Feeds primarily on filamentous algae.
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are deposited inside empty shells or under stones or shells (Ref. 36479). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205).
  • Balon, E.K. 1975 Reproductive guilds of fishes: a proposal and definition. J. Fish. Res. Board Can. 32(6):821-864. (Ref. 26281)
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Chrysiptera biocellata

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 9
Species With Barcodes: 1
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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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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial; price category: unknown; price reliability:
  • 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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