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Genus Chromis Damsels, Part 1

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By Bob Fenner

  A school of Chromis viridis in Fiji

Aquarium Species of Chromis of  Interest:

If one wanted, they could have a marine store stocking nothing but these small, peaceful fishes. The genus Chromis comprises some eighty described species. 

Chromis acares Randall & Swerdloff 1973, the Midget Chromis. Pacific Plate; Mariana Is. to Hawaiian, Society Islands. To one and three quarter inches in length. This one in Roratonga, Cook Islands and Raja Ampat, Indo.

Chromis agilis Smith 1960, the Reef Chromis. Widespread in the Indo-west Pacific, including Hawaiian Islands where this species is most frequently gathered for the aquarium trade. To three inches in length. A good species for reef tanks. Hawai'i images of a juvenile and adult.

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Chromis alpha Randall 1988, the Yellow-Speckled Chromis. Western and central southern Pacific, plus eastern Indian Ocean. To about three inches in length. A touchier species that rarely makes its way into the hobby, mainly from Fiji. One in Bunaken/Sulawesi/Indonesia, another in Fiji.

Chromis amboinensis (Bleeker 1873), the Ambon Chromis. West-central Pacific; Cocos-Keeling Islands to Samoa and the Marshall Islands. To three inches in length. This one off of Queensland, Australia.

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Chromis analis (Cuvier 1830), Yellow Chromis. To 17 cm. in length. Western Pacific; Japan, Australia, Fiji. One in Fiji, another in N. Sulawesi. 

Chromis atripes Fowler & Bean 1928, Darkfin Chromis. W. Pacific. To 7 cm. Fiji 2017 w/ a L. dimidiatus cleaner.

 

Chromis atrilobata GIll 1862, the Scissortail Chromis. Sea of Cortex to N. Peru and Galapagos Islands. To 12 cm. Costa Rica (Pacific side) 2011

Chromis atripectoralis Welander & Schultz 1951, the Black-Axil Chromis. Very similar to the oh-so-common Blue Chromis, C. viridis, but distinguished by a prominent black blotch at their insertion to the pectoral fins. Indo-Pacific but not Hawai'i. This specimen in Australian waters. To four and a half inches in length.

Chromis caudalis Randall 1988, the Dusky Chromis. Eastern Indian and western Pacific Oceans. To three inches in length. Mainly imported from the Marshalls and Indonesia. A hardy species if shipped properly and not nicked. This one in Bunaken/Sulawesi/Indonesia.

Chromis chrysura (Bliss 1883), the Stout Chromis. Indo-West Pacific; including E. Africa, but not the Red Sea. This juvenile identified by Anthony Gill, in Mauritius 2016. 

Chromis cyanea (Poey 1860), the Blue Chromis. One of actually a few species with this common appellation. This one hails from the tropical west Atlantic. To four inches in length. One off the coast of Bimini and another off Cancun.

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Chromis dimidiata (Klunzinger 1871), the Two-tone Chromis. Indian Ocean and Red Sea (origin of this image). To two inches overall length. A more common offering in European pet-fish markets. Red Sea image. 

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