Chrysiptera rex (Snyder, 1909)
King demoiselle
Chrysiptera rex
photo by Cook, D.C.

 Family:  Pomacentridae (Damselfishes), subfamily: Pomacentrinae
 Max. size:  7 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 20 m, non-migratory
 Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: eastern Indian Ocean (Scott and Ashmore Reefs), Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, Philippines, Palau, Indonesia, New Guinea, New Britain, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and the Great Barrier Reef.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 13-14. Description: Adult overall yellowish white, forehead yellow-orange extending to anterior of back; scales with a blue dot each, pectoral-fin base and axil orange; operculum upper edge spot dark small. Juveniles bright pink (Ref. 48636).
 Biology:  Adults are found in 1-6 m (Ref. 7247) and in coastal to outer reef crests to depths of about 20 m (Ref. 48636). They occur solitarily or in groups in reef margins and upper seaward slopes subject to mild surge (Ref. 9710). Feed mainly on algae. 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).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.06.92
 Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 26.04.13
 Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 09.08.94

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