Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Ovalentaria/misc
(Various families in series Ovalentaria) > Pomacentridae
(Damselfishes) > Pomacentrinae
Etymology: Chrysiptera: Greek, chrysos = golden + Greek, pteron = fin, wing (Ref. 45335); cymatilis: From the Latin for sea-colored or blue, in reference to its characteristic coloration (Ref. 31117).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 20 m (Ref. 31117), usually 3 - 20 m (Ref. 41819). Tropical
Western Central Pacific: Bismarck Archipelago and Milne Bay Province of Papua
New Guinea and Solomon Is.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 31117)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 10 - 12. 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).
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). Diurnal species (Ref. 52881).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 27.3 - 29.1, mean 27.8 °C (based on 10 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).