south seas demoiselle

Scientific name Chrysiptera taupou
Descriptor Jordan & Seale
Year of description 1906
IUCN category LC
Family Pomacentridae
Genus Chrysiptera
Chrysiptera taupou Chrysiptera taupou


Chrysiptera taupou, commonly known as south seas demoiselle, is a salt water fish from the Great Barrier Reef.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    7 cm
  • Maximum size
    8.2 cm
  • Average size
    7 cm
  • Maximum size
    8.2 cm

How to recognize the south seas demoiselle ?

The south seas demoiselle measures around 7 cm. The dominant males can however reach 8.2 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly jaune and bleu body.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The south seas demoiselle is a fish living in small groups naturally found near the bottom. This species is planctophage .

The south seas demoiselle is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights. Relationships between conspecifics are also hectic, with each seeking to secure its place.


  • Reproduction

The south seas demoiselle is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 10 m

Biotope presentation

The south seas demoiselle is most often found at a depth between 0m and 10m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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