Chrysiptera cyanea   (Quoy and Gaimard,  1825) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Max. size: 8.5 cm TL

Dorsal spines (total): 13-13, 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. Movement by the oscillation of median or pectoral fins.

Synonym (s)
Abudefduf uniocellatus Quoy and Gaimard, 1825
Abudefduf assimilis (Gunther, 1862)
(junior synonym)
Abudefduf cyaneus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
(senior synonym)
Abudefduf sapphirus Jordan & Richardson, 1908
(junior synonym)
Abudefduf turchesius Jordan & Seale, 1907
(junior synonym)
Abudefduf uniocellatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
(junior synonym)
Cbrysiptera cyaneus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
(senior synonym)
Chrysiptera gaimardi (Swainson, 1839)
(junior synonym)
Chrysiptera punctatoperculare Fowler, 1946
(junior synonym)
Glyphidodon assimilis Gunther, 1862
(junior synonym)
Glyphidodontops cyaneus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
(senior synonym)
Glyphidontops cyaneus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
(senior synonym)
Glyphisodon azureus Cuvier, 1830
(junior synonym)
Glyphisodon cyaneus Quoy & Gaimard, 1825
(senior synonym)
Glyphisodon hedleyi Whitley, 1927
(junior synonym)
Glyphisodon uniocellatus Quoy & Gaimard, 1825
(junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Sapphire devil (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
Cultured:  Unknown

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Planktonic invertebrates, benthic algae or weeds


• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Allen, GR and Mohammed, A (2003) Coral Reef Fishes of Indonesia Zoological Studies 42(1) 26299 Available at - Digital Information Resource Center, Pune.
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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