Yellowtail Blue Damselfish (Chrysiptera parasema)

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Yellowtail Blue Damselfish

Yellowtail Blue Damselfish

Chrysiptera parasema

76 Litres (20 US G.)

5.1-7.6cm (2-3 ")


8.1 - 8.5

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-10 °d

2:3 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

2-5 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Yellowtail Blue Damselfish, Yellow-tailed Damsel, Blue Damsel, Yellowtail Demoiselle, Goldtail Demoiselle

Additional scientific names

Chromis xanthurus


The Yellowtail Damselfish is commonly spotted in the Western Pacific, including the Solomon Islands, northern Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and Ryukyu Islands.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Reef compatible. Not aggressive towards invertebrates. A medium to large sized tank can house a group of these fish, but they can get aggressive amongst each other if enough space and hiding places are not provided.


The diet of a Yellowtail Damselfish are invertebrates, algae on dead coral, zooplankton, plant material.

Environment specifics[edit]

Their habitat in the wild is usually on the top of a coral reef. Young indviduals like to hide among fire coral.


An active and hardy reef dweller. Relatively peaceful but can be aggressive towards conspecifics in small confines.


The Yellowtail Damselfish is rather straightforward to identify, with a solid blue body and a vibrant yellow tail, along with small black markings by its eyes.


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