Juvenile Grey Demoiselle out of range

When Kirsty Wiseman saw a small fish in a rockpool at the southern end of Serenity Bay, New South Wales, she dipped her camera into the water to take photos.
It's a good thing she did because she captured photos of a juvenile Grey Demoiselle, Chrysiptera glauca, well south of its recognised distribution. According to the Australian Faunal Directory the species is recorded south to Minnie Water, northern New South Wales (29°47'S). The fish in Kirsty's observation is about 50km south of this.
To date, the Australasian Fishes Project has documented 31 observations of Chrysiptera glauca. A quick look at the distribution map shows Kirsty's observation located well south of the other observations of the species.
Thank you Kirsty for uploading your observation. It's now one of many observations that show a southern shift of their distributions that may result from climate change.
Posted on March 16, 2023 01:29 AM by markmcg markmcg


Very cool observation, and a great example of citizen science in action! Great work Kirsty.

Posted by lisa_bennett about 1 year ago

Thanks for your comment @lisa_bennett. I couldn't agree more. :)

Posted by markmcg about 1 year ago

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