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Genus Chromis Damsels, Part 3

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By Bob Fenner

Chromis retrofasciata Weber 1913, the Blackbar Chromis. Western Pacific; Indonesia to Fiji to the Ryukyus and New Caledonia. To two inches in length. N. Sulawesi pic.

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Chromis scotochiloptera Fowler 1918, the Philippines Chromis. Western Central Pacific: Philippines and Indonesia. To six inches in length. Note dark line on outer edge of anal fin. N. Sulawesi pic. http://fishbase.org/Summary/speciesSummary.php?ID=12431&genusname=

Chromis ternatensis (Bleeker 1856), the Ternate Chromis. Indo-West Pacific; Red Sea, eastern Africa to Micronesia, southern Japan, the GBR. To four inches total length. Ones in Pulau Redang, Malaysia, N. Sulawesi and Egypt's Red Sea. 

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Chromis vanderbilti (Fowler 1941), Vanderbilt's Chromis. A small beauty (to two inches) of the Central and West Pacific. This one in the Cook Islands. A rare import best kept in a small school in a peaceful setting.

Chromis verator Jordan & Mertz 1932, the Threespot Chromis. Hawaiian endemic, found in deep water, generally below 60 feet to 600 feet. To eight inches long. Can brighten/dim white spots. Kona pix. 

Chromis viridis (Cuvier 1830), the Blue-Green Chromis. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific and in marine and reef aquarium usage. The darling damsel of reefkeepers. To three inches maximum length. Formerly (and often still) identified as Chromis cyanea. One of many in Australia, and a grouping in Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, Polynesia. &speciesname=viridis

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Chromis weberi Fowler & Bean 1928, Weber's Chromis. Indo-Pacific; Red Sea, East Africa to Micronesia. To 13.5 cm. in length. Found singly or in groups at tops of steep reef edges. Red Sea image. 

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Chromis xanthochira (Bleeker 1851), Yellow-axil damsel. To 14 cm. Western Central Pacific. Here in S. Leyte 2013

Chromis xanthura (Bleeker). Here in Mabul, Malaysia.

Bibliography/Further Reading:

Allen, Gerald R. 1973. Chromis bitaeniatus Fowler and Bean, the juvenile of Abudefduf behni (Bleeker). TFH 5/73.

Allen, Gerald R. 1975. Damselfishes of the South Seas. TFH Publications, Neptune City, N.J.

Allen, Gerald R. 1991. Damselfishes of the World. Aquarium Systems, Mentor, Ohio.

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 1978. The Biology of the Damselfishes a symposium held during the 56th annual meeting of the ASIH. Rosentiel School of Mar. & Atm. Sci. U. of Miami, 1980, 145-328.

Emmens, C.W. 1984. Damselfishes. TFH 9/84.

Fenner, Bob. 1989. Successfully selling the popular marines. Pets Supplies Marketing 1/89.

Fenner, Bob & Cindi Camp, 1991. Damselfishes, saltwater bread and butter. FAMA 10/91.

Fenner, Robert. 1998. The Conscientious Marine Aquarist. Microcosm, VT. 432pp.

Fenner, Robert. 1999. The indomitable damsels- Family Pomacentridae. TFH 1/99.

Flood, A. Colin. 1992. Thos darling damsels. TFH 8/92.

Gronell, A.M., 1984. Look-alike damsels. TFH 32(8) 48-53.

Randall, John E. 1982. Chromis pelloura; a new species of damselfish from the northern Red Sea. FAMA 11/82.

Stratton, Richard F. 1992. The Blacksmith Damsel. TFH 4/92.

Thresher, R.E., P.L. Colin & Lori J. Bell. 1989. Planktonic duration, distribution and population structure of western and central Pacific damselfishes (Pomacentridae). Copeia 1989(2), pp. 420-434.

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