Le chauffet garibaldi

The Garibaldi damselfish

  Cold and temperate sea fish

The Garibaldi damselfish

Identity card

The Garibaldi damselfish

Scientific name:
Hypsypops rubicundus
Year of description:
Gill, 1861
IUCN Status:
Least Concern

Waters off the coast of California.


Rocky bottoms and crevices, as well as in kelp forests, between 0 and 30 metres deep.


25 – 30 cm


Small invertebrates.


30 years old.

le chauffet garibaldi

The Garibaldi is also called the Garibaldi damselfish.

Did you know?

Where is the animal to be found?

It lives at depths of between 0 and 30 m in the waters off the Californian coast. It can be found living on rocky bottoms or in crevices, as well as in kelp forests.

How can it be recognised?

The Garibaldi has an orange, rather oval body. Juveniles have blue spots on their body and on the edges of their fins. This blue colour disappears with adulthood.

What is distinctive about it?

The Garibaldi damselfish is highly territorial and aggressive towards intruders entering its territory. During the breeding season, the male guarding the eggs will attack any living creature, even one much larger than himself, that comes too close to his nest.

Threats and conservation

This species is fully protected in California and may be present in certain protected marine areas in Mexico and the United States.

The Ocean Mag

Browse through our Ocean Mag

A la une

Nausicaá forum on the deep sea

Faced with the threat of deep-sea mining, we must join forces to protect the deep seabed!

Faune abyssale ifremer


What is the water column?

What lies beneath the surface of the ocean?


What do fish look like in the water column?

Depending on whether they live in open water or on the bottom, fish in the water column have a morphology adapted to their living environment.