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      Sapphire Devil Damselfish
      Sapphire Devil Damselfish

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Chrysiptera cyanea
      Max. size: 8.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 0 - 10 m
      Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: eastern edge of the Indian Ocean and Western Australia to New Guinea, New Britain, Solomon Islands, Marianas and Caroline Islands, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and Ryukyu Islands. Also known from Vanuatu and New Caledonia; Palau and Yap in Micronesia; Samoa.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 13-14. Recognized by the brilliant light-blue color. This species exhibits a marked sexual dichromatism: juveniles and females usually have a small black spot at the rear base of the dorsal fin and (at least in Micronesia) lack yellow; males have a bright yellow snout and tail and sometimes, latter all orange in some regions; also lack the black spot.
      Biology: Found amongst rubble and coral of clear sheltered lagoons and subtidal reef flats. Occurs in groups of a male and several females or juveniles. Feeds on algae, pelagic tunicates and copepods.
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 72 - 82°F (22 - 28°C). An upper water column fish and natural diet consists mainly of zooplankton. Requires a meaty diet with some algae with two or three feedings per day. Does extremely well in the aquarium. Mature males have an orange tail except from some Indonesia areas where the tail is more yellow as is the ventral fins. Specimens from Great Barrier Reef sometimes have yellow on the throat as well. The female has a black spot at the base of the hindmost dorsal rays. Can become aggressive with age.
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      Keywords: Sapphire Devil Damselfish

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