Dischistodus chrysopoecilus

Whitepatch Damsel | Lagoon Damsel | Palespot Damsel | Whitespot Damsel
Dischistodus chrysopoecilus
Dischistodus chrysopoecilus, adult, Photo: Graham Edgar


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Dark body with white patch on mid-back and light patches on head and tail base. Juvenile brown with two white bars on body, similar to that of D. pseudochrysopoecilus (Monarch Damsel) with ocellus below central dorsal fin, but white bars of D. chrysopoecilus don't extend all the way down to underside.


Max Size: 15 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 24.3-30.6°C

Depth: 1-5m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (1.7% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Several (6 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.