Surge demoiselle
  • Chrysiptera brownriggii
  • EnglishName: Surge demoiselle
  • Local Name : Faiga koshaa dhanbaa
  • Size : Max. 7.5 cm
  • Family: POMACENTRIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 13 spines and 12-13 rays. Anal fin with 2 spines and 11-13 rays. Pectoral rays 17-19. Body depth 2.2-2.5 in standard length.
  • Colour: Two colour varieties of phases. One is dark brown with two white bars on body and a yellow bar on gill cover. The other is yellow with blue band from above eye to upper caudal peduncle (may be interrupted below rear part of dorsal fin).
  • Habitat and Biology: Inhabits areas exposed to mild or surge up to 2 m, frequently in the vicinity of the reef crest or algal ridge. Occurs solitary or in small groups. Feeds mostly on algae and crustaceans.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: This species was previously known as Chrysiptera leucopoma. Since then, however, Chrysiptera brownriggii, described from Sri Lanka, has been found to be an older valid name.