Chromis dispilus, also known as the New Zealand demoiselle, is found between North Cape and East Cape of the North Island of New Zealand to depths of about 60 metres, off rocky coasts.
The New Zealand demoiselle is a small schooling fish with a compact body and a deeply forked tail and large pectoral fins. They vary in colour from a uniform grey-green to dark grey to olive green, and sometimes even black. Two small white spots on each side of the back stand out no matter what the body colour is and probably act to confuse predators. The large eyes set forward above the mouth aid in feeding on the planktonic animals which is their main diet. Schools of demoiselle are normally seen near rock pinnacles and underwater cliff faces, where currents bring a steady supply of food.
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Labroidei (Suborder) > Pomacentridae (Family) > Chromis (Genus) > Chromis dispilus (Species)