Chrysiptera cyanea

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Chrysiptera cyanea
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Family: Pomacentridae
Genus: Chrysiptera
C. cyanea
Binomial name
Chrysiptera cyanea
Quoy & Gaimard, 1825
  • Glyphisodon cyaneus Quoy & Gaimard, 1825
  • Abudefduf cyaneus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
  • Cbrysiptera cyaneus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
  • Glyphidodontops cyaneus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
  • Glyphisodon uniocellatus Quoy & Gaimard, 1825
  • Abudefduf uniocellatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
  • Glyphisodon azureus Cuvier, 1830
  • Chrysiptera gaimardi (Swainson, 1839)
  • Glyphidodon assimilis Günther, 1862
  • Abudefduf assimilis (Günther, 1862)
  • Abudefduf turchesius D.S. Jordan & Seale, 1907
  • Abudefduf sapphirus D.S. Jordan & R.E. Richardson, 1908
  • Glyphisodon hedleyi Whitley, 1927
  • Chrysiptera punctatoperculare Fowler, 1946

Chrysiptera cyanea is a species of damselfish found in the wide Indo-West Pacific but not known in the Red Sea.[2] A few individuals were observed in the Mediterranean Sea in 2013 off Slovenia, a likely aquarium release.[3]

Common names include blue damselfish, blue demoiselle, blue devil, cornflower sergeant-major, Hedley's damselfish, red tail Australian damsel, sapphire devil, and sky-blue damsel.[4]


This fish reaches 8.5 centimeters in length. It is bright blue in color; the male has a yellow snout and tail, and the female and juvenile usually lack yellow but have a black spot at the base of the back edge of the dorsal fin.[2][5]


The fish inhabits reefs and lagoons. Its diet includes algae, tunicates, and copepods. Male and female pair up for breeding, and the male guards and tends the eggs.[2]

In aquarium[edit]

It is very aggressive. A matched couple often attacks any same size fish approaching its breeding territory.[5]


  1. ^ Allen, G.R.; Arceo, H.; Mutia, M.T.M.; Muyot, F.B.; Nañola, C.L. & Santos, M. (2022). "Chrysiptera cyanea". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2022: e.T188435A1874753. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2022-2.RLTS.T188435A1874753.en. Retrieved 1 January 2024.
  2. ^ a b c Froese, Rainer; Pauly, Daniel (eds.) (2011). "Chrysiptera cyanea" in FishBase. April 2011 version.
  3. ^ Atlas of Exotic Fishes in the Mediterranean Sea (Chrysiptera cyanea). 2nd Edition. 2021. 366p. CIESM Publishers, Paris, Monaco.
  4. ^ Froese, R.; Pauly, D., eds. (2011). "Common names of Chrysiptera cyanea". FishBase.
  5. ^ a b Youtube <<Advance Marine Aquarium>> Creatures section, Damselfish - Author:Sublanding Fish[2020-06-19]

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