Jordan's Damsel, Teixeirichthys jordani Rutter 1897

Jordan's Damsel, Teixeirichthys jordani, in Kenya, February 2020. Source: Ewout Knoester / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A slender blue, bluish-grey or brownish damselfish, with a narrow dark streak or spot on each scale and blue spots on the head.

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Jordan's Damsel, Teixeirichthys jordani Rutter 1897

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The Lord Howe Province and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Red Sea and Indo-West Pacific: Seychelles, Mozambique Channel, Madagascar, China, Japan and Taiwan.
Forms mid-water aggregations of up to several hundred individuals in depths to 20 m. 


Dorsal fin XIII, 11-14; Anal fin II, 13-15; Pectoral fin 17-19; Lateral-line scales 27-31; Gill rakers 27.
Body depth 2.4-2.8 in SL; head length 3.3-3.6 in SL. Posterior margin of preopercle serrated, subopercle serrated; teeth in both jaws uniserial. Upper and lower accessory caudal rays not spinous; upper and lower lobes of caudal fin without filamentous posterior rays. 



Feeds on zooplankton in the water column.


Taken as bycatch in trawl fisheries in parts of its range.


The species is named in honour of David Starr Jordan, Rutter's Professor of Ichthyology, who provided Rutter with the collection of fishes from Swatow, China, including the type specimen of this species.

Species Citation

Pomacentrus jordani Rutter 1897, Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 49: 77. Type locality: Swatow, Shantou, coast of southeastern China.


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Jordan's Damsel, Teixeirichthys jordani Rutter 1897


Allen, G.R. 1986. Family 219: Pomacentridae. pp. 670-682 in Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds). Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls. See ref at BHL

Allen, G.R. 2001. Family Pomacentridae. pp. in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

Allen, G.R. & Gon, O. 2010. Teixeirichthys jordani. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T154915A4666423. Accessed on 28 February 2022.

Francis, M.P. 2019. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean Version: 2019.1

Ju, P., Cheung, W.W.L., Lu, Z., Yang, S., Guo, Z., Chen, M. & Xiao, J. 2019. Age, growth, and abundance fluctuation of Jordan’s damsel, Teixeirichthys jordani (Actinopterygii: Perciformes: Pomacentridae), in the southern Taiwan Strait. Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria 49: 243-250.

Rutter, C.L. 1897. A collection of fishes obtained in Swatow, China, by Miss Adele M. Fielde. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 49: 56-90. See ref at BHL

Tang, K.L., Stiassny, M.L.J., Mayden, R.L. & DeSalle, R. 2021. Systematics of Damselfishes. Ichthyology & Herpetology 109(1): 258-318

Whitley, G.P. 1965. Some fish genera scrutinized. Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales 85: 25-26 (as Wangietta formosanusSee ref at BHL

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Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:4-70 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:14 cm TL

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