Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Pomacentridae
(Damselfishes) > Pomacentrinae
Etymology: Hypsypops: Greek, hypsy, hypops = high + Greek, ops = appearance (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 0 - 30 m (Ref. 9334). Subtropical; 37°N - 27°N, 122°W - 114°W
Eastern Central Pacific: Monterey Bay in California, USA to southern Baja California and Guadalupe Island (off northern central Baja California) in Mexico.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7247); max. reported age: 20 years (Ref. 52465)
Adults occur over rocky bottom in clear water, often near crevices and small caves, occasionally in kelp. Adults defend a home territory. Feed mainly on attached invertebrates. Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205). Have been reared in captivity (Ref. 35420).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Male clears a sheltered nest site; female deposits eggs, which male guards (Ref. 2850).
Allen, G.R., 1991. Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 15.3 - 19.2, mean 17.5 (based on 48 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02239 (0.01068 - 0.04693), b=2.99 (2.82 - 3.16), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.39 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (tmax=20; tm=5).
Prior r = 0.37, 2 SD range = 0.18 - 0.77, log(r) = -0.99, SD log(r) = 0.37, Based on: 1 tgen, 1 tmax, 1 Fec records
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (51 of 100) .