It is found in southern Japan, Taiwan, and the northern Philippines. The Great Barrier Reef to Sydney, New Caledonia and the Loyalty Islands as well.
They are usually found alone at depths generally between 82 and 197 feet (25 and 60 meters). They are either found alone or in a small group.It prefers deeper water.
It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. It grows to a size of 7cm in length. The head and deeper body of the Starck's Demoiselle is blue with a broad yellow band along the back, tapering toward the posterior part. The throat is yellow to whitish and there are lines on the sides of the cheek. The dorsal and caudal fins are yellow and the anal and pelvic fins are blue. The pectoral fins are marked with yellowish dashes and there is a small black spot at the pectoral-fin base. There are two distinct color morphs of this species; those from the north have a yellow area on the posterior portion of the caudal fin, and those from the south have a caudal fin that is mostly yellow except for the peduncle which is blue.
It was described by Allen in 1973 as Abudefdul starcki from the Osprey Reef of the northern Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea. It is now valid as Chrysiptera starcki.
- Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2008). "Chrysiptera starcki" in FishBase. December 2008 version.
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