Surge demoiselle Chrysiptera brownriggii

  • Fringing Reef
  • Surge Demoiselle
  • Fauna
  • Lagoon coral patches


Chrysiptera brownriggii is from the order of Perciformes and family of Pomacentridae (Damselfish). This species has two colour phases, one is blue back and the other is a grey to black colouration with two light bars. It has a large black spot that is rimmed with blue at the end of the dorsal fin base as well as a yellow form with black spots at the end of the dorsal fin and its base. It has a total of 13 dorsal spines, 12 to 13 dorsal soft rays, 2 anal spines and 11 to 13 anal soft rays[1].


[1] ‘Chrysiptera Brownriggii Summary Page’.

Habitat and ecology

This species is present across the Indo-Pacific, from East Africa to Marquesan and Society islands, north of Japan, and south of Australia. Adults are found near coral rubble, and exposed reef flats. Their recorded depth range reaches 12m. Individuals can be solitary or found in groups. Its diet consists of algae and small invertebrates. Adults form distinct pairs during breeding. The eggs adhere to the substrate and males guard them until they hatch.


Conservation and management

The conservation status of this species has not been evaluated.

Did you know?

This species can reach a maximum of 8cm.