Chrysiptera taupou CHRTAU-052396-SCHJON-001

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 1996 and is filed under Damselfishes, Spawning Reports.

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Breeder ID: CHRTAU-052396-SCHJON-001

Date received: 5/23/96

Identification: Chrysiptera taupou ( Jordan & Seale 1906 )

Geographic origin: Indo-pacific

Taxonomy: (after I.C.Z.N.)

Kingdom Animalia

Phylum Chordata Subphylum Vertebrata

Class Osteichthyes

Order Perciformes Superorder Teleostei

Family Pomacentridae

Genus Chrysiptera

Species taupou (Jordan & Seale 1906 )

Description: Blue body with yellow underside becoming thin blue lateral stripes on anal fin through caudal peduncle. Darker stripe extending from tip of premaxilla through eye. Spot at posterior base of dorsal fin. Caudal fin lacks pigmentation. Male typically larger. 80 mm.  

Duration male(yr): .5

Size male (mm): ~55

Duration female (yr): .5

Size female (mm): ~45

Broodstock notes: Received pair with conch shell from another hobbyist. The male was previously mating with two female (alternating)

Physical differences: Male larger, blue trim on dorsal. Females have blue/black spot between pelvic and caudal fin.

Adult diet: Formula One®, Vibra-Gro®, Total Marine® Flake food

Pre-spawning activity: Male attracts female to nest site (conch shell). Approaches female with mouth wide open and displays bright blue patches on body. Repeatedly darts back and forth to shell until female follows.

Time spawning began: early AM, 1 hour after lights on

Area spawning occurred: inside conch shell (males territory)

Frequency of spawning: ~ 10 day intervals

Egg description: “patch”

Approximate quantity: 100 – 200

Size: ~ 2 mm

Egg changes / development: Start was white then turn light brown day 2-3, then eyes develop day 3-5, then hatch

Incubation period: 5 days

Time hatching occurred: 1 hour after dark

Size of hatching larvae: 2 – 3 mm

Yolk sac present? Uncertain

Newly hatched appearance: Similar to clownfish except smaller

Transfer / removal method: Removed conch shell with one spawn

Spawning tank size (liter): 200

Sides of tank covered? Yes

Lighting & photoperiod: 1-60 watt standard fluorescent, 14 hours. 2″ from surface.

Filtration: Liverock, live-sand. Power heads for circulation

Additives and dosages: none, Coralife ® ASW. 10% changed weekly

Water temperature (F): 75-81

Specific gravity: 1.024

pH: 8.01

Nitrate: 20 ppm

Fry development / changes: Very similar to clownfish except smaller. Eyes are large (~ 200m). “Arrowana” type mouth ~ 300m

First food offered: Branchionus plicatilis, 2 x day (reared on Nonochloropsus)

Second food offered: none, no survival beyond day 3

Survival 1st week(%): 0

Development description: none. Rotifers apparently unsuitable first food

Rearing tank size (liter): 37

Sides of tank covered? Yes, black

Lighting & photoperiod: 1-20 watt standard fluorescent

Filtration: none

Additives and dosages: none, Coralife ® ASW

Water temperature (F): 80

Specific gravity: 1.024

pH: 8.0

Nitrate: not indicated

Comments: Broodstock tank partitioned in half. Trying to culture ciliates and/or copepods.

Originally described as Abudefduf taupou, by Jordan & Seale 1906 in Bull.Bur. Fish. v. 25 (for 1905); 288, Pl. 43 (fig. 3) . From specimens collected at Apia, Samoa. Valid as Chrysiptera taupou (Allen, 1991)

Word origin: The genus Chrysiptera is from the Greek roots chrys, -o, =us, meaning gold; and pter, -o, =um, meaning a wing, a feather or a fin. No derivative of the species is found based on avaialbale references to the Breeder’s Registry. The genus can however be translated as Golden

About this report: Information contained in this report is taken from submitted observations. Taxonomy, Synonomy, Original description , Word origin and Suggested reading are provided by member(s) of The Breeder’s Registry staff. Information is presented under the belief that it is accurate. If you have information in addition to, or contrary to that presented you are encouraged to contact the Breeder’s Registry. Permission is granted for “one-time” personal use. Reproduction as distributed or accessible media is prohibited without prior written permission. All rights reserved. 1996

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