Chrysiptera flavipinnis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chrysiptera flavipinnis
Species Authority: (Allen & Robertson, 1974)
Common Name/s:
English Yellowfin Damselfish, Yellowfin Damsel, Yellowfin Demoiselle
Abudefduf flavipinnis Allen & Robertson, 1974
Chrysiptera flavipinna (Allen & Robertson, 1974)
Glyphidodontops flavipinnis (Allen & Robertson, 1974)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-04
Assessor/s: Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M. (Sampled Red List Index Coordinating Team)
Reviewer/s: Carpenter, K.E., Polidoro, B. & Livingstone, S.
Contributor/s: De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Smith, J. & Livingston, F.
Chrysiptera flavipinnis has been assessed as Least Concern. There are no known major threats for this species. It is likely to be undergoing declines due to harvesting and habitat degradation, however these threats are not known across its entire range. It is found on sites with dead coral, indicating it is not reliant on live coral directly. Monitoring of the harvest levels and population numbers is needed to ensure threats don't become more widespread.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The Yellowfin Damselfish, Chrysiptera flavipinnis, is distributed from Samarai Island (southeast Papua New Guinea), the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia, south to Sydney, including the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Australia (New South Wales, Queensland); New Caledonia; Papua New Guinea; Solomon Islands
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – southwest; Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population: There is no population information available for Chrysiptera flavipinnis.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The Yellowfin Damselfish inhabits rubble and dead coral outcrops situated in sandy areas at a depth range of 3-38 m. This species can be found individually or in small groups.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The Yellowfin Damselfish is commercially harvested for the aquarium trade. This species may also be threatened by a number of other threats upon its habitat, such as destructive fishing practices, eutrophication, sedimentation, tourism, and coastal development. However these are localised threats only and this species is not dependent on live coral cover.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures for Yellowfin Damselfish, however the distribution of this species may fall within several designated marine protected areas (MPAs), including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Monitoring of the harvest levels and population numbers of this species is needed.
Citation: Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M. (Sampled Red List Index Coordinating Team) 2010. Chrysiptera flavipinnis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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