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Three new damselfish species

By Leonard Ho - Posted Dec 28, 2015 09:00 AM
We've seen many outstanding new species of tropical fish described in 2015. This year closes out strong with three new beautiful reef damselfish of the 'Chrysiptera oxycephala complex' from the Indo-Pacific.

Chrysiptera maurineae is known only from the western portion of Cenderawasih Bay in West Papua, Indonesia.  This isolated location is renowned for its number of endemic species.  The photos above show the transient stages of C.maurineae from juvenile through adulthood.



Chrysiptera ellenae is only known from sheltered waters at Raja Ampat Islands of West Papua, Indonesia.  Unlike the other two newly described damselfish species, C.ellenae remains mostly blue in coloration for its entire life cycle.



Chrysiptera papuensis is restricted to the northeastern section of Papua New Guinea, hence its taxonomic name.  Photo (A) is a juvenile, photo (B) is a subadult, and photo (C) is an adult specimen.

All three species are described in the latest publication of The Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation.  All photographs are credited to Gerald R Allen (C.C.-BY).

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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