Genus Chromis

A large damselfish genus with more than 80  species with the following characteristics: an elliptical and moderately deep body, depth 53-62% SL; a short snout; biserial teeth including an outer row of enlarged conical teeth; head fully scaled except for the tip of the snout and the area around the nasal openings; dorsal fin with 12-15 spines and 10-15 soft rays; anal fin with two spines and 10-14 soft rays; caudal fin with 15 principal rays and 5-6 procurrent rays, the first two or three of the latter being spiniform; and fewer than 30 scale rows in the longitudinal series (Randal1 et al. 1981, Allen 1991, Iwatsubo & Motomura 2013). 
Author: Bray, D.J. 2017

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Chromis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 06 Jul 2020,


Allen, G.R. 1991. Damselfishes of the World. Melle, Germany : Mergus Verlag 271 pp.

Iwatsubo, H. & Motomura, H. 2013. Redescriptions of Chromis notata (Temminck and Schlegel, 1843) and C. kennensis Whitley, 1964 with the description of a new species of Chromis (Perciformes: Pomacentridae). Species Diversity 18(2): 193-213. PDF available Open access 

Randall, J.E.. Ida, H. & Moyer, J.T. 1981. A review of the damselfishes of the genus Chromis from Japan and Hawaii, with description of a new species. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 28: 203-242.