Talbot’s Demoiselle, also known as Talbot’s Damselfish, is a type of fish with the scientific name Chrysiptera talboti.
This fish lives in the eastern Indian Ocean and western Pacific. It likes areas with lots of coral, found on seaward reef slopes and deep lagoons.
Talbot’s Demoiselles eat tiny animals called zooplankton, which they catch near the bottom of the ocean.
They’re often seen alone in areas with a mix of coral and rubble. These fish are active during daytime hours.
It’s also safe to have them in a reef aquarium since they won’t harm other lifeforms or damage corals.
Talbot’s Demoiselle Interesting Facts
- Talbot’s Demoiselles are found in coral-rich areas of the eastern Indian Ocean and western Pacific, including the Great Barrier Reef and Fiji.
- They feed on zooplankton near the ocean bottom and are often seen alone among coral and rubble.
- Males protect and provide oxygen to their eggs by circulating water around them during the breeding season.
- With a distinct yellow head, this small fish grows up to 6.0 cm in length and is safe for reef aquariums.
Talbot’s Demoiselle Habitat
Talbot’s Demoiselle is found in the Western Pacific region.
Its habitat stretches from the Andaman Sea in the eastern Indian Ocean to Fiji and is also found as far north as Palau and as far south as the southern Great Barrier Reef. It has also been spotted in Tonga.
This marine species lives around reefs and doesn’t migrate. It dwells at depths of 3 to 35 meters (about 10 to 115 feet) within tropical waters, specifically between latitudes of 21°N to 25°S and longitudes of 92°E to 173°W.
Talbot’s Demoiselle Physical Characteristics
Size: 2.4 inches (6.0 centimeters)
Talbot’s Demoiselle is a small fish with a maximum length of 2.4 inches (6.0 centimeters).
It has 13 dorsal (top) spines, 11 to 12 soft rays on its dorsal fin, 2 anal (bottom) spines, and 11 to 13 soft rays on its anal fin.
This fish is known for its yellow head and pelvic fin, as well as its mauve body and other fins.
A large black spot is found in the middle of the dorsal fin, usually over the last four spines.
The yellow coloring on the head and ventral fins help identify this species.
The body depth of Talbot’s Demoiselle measures about 2.2 to 2.3 times smaller than its standard length.
Talbot’s Demoiselle Reproduction
Talbot’s Demoiselle is a marine fish that lays eggs. During breeding, it forms distinct pairs.
The eggs stick to surfaces underwater and don’t float around.
Male Talbot’s Demoiselle protects the eggs and helps provide oxygen by moving water around them.