chromis

Awesome Fish Spotlight: Chromis atripectoralis

The Black Axil Chromis At first glance, these diamond blue fish could easily be mistaken for the Blue-green Chromis (Chromis viridis) that we often see widely represented in our hobby, until you look just a little closer. The Black Axil…

The ABCs of deepwater Chromis

The pan-oceanic genus Chromis is a ubiquitous component of any coral reef, and can be found anywhere from sun speckled coral gardens to lung compressing depths in the mesophotic twilight zone. Despite their near abrasive presence both in the field and in…

Opinion: I love Chromis leucura

I like damselfish. I like Chromis even more. But if there’s one Chromis that I love, it’s Chromis leucura. Chromis leucura is a diminutive species that is often found in small groups along deep reef walls and ledges ranging from…

Do you even Chromis viridis? How well do you know your damsels?

Chromis viridis is an evergreen staple of the reef aquarium paradigm. Its ubiquity in the field is reflected almost equally in the trade, and the species plays host to a veritable plethora of hobbyists both novice and pro. The specific…

Steinhart Aquarium’s Caribbean display is a truly realistic representation of a biotope

Few set ups truly elicit fascination and marvel quite like those done in a biotope fashion. A biotope refers to an area of uniform environmental conditions which provides a specific niche for a particular set of organisms. Because aquarists are spoilt for choice…

Top 10 new fish species of 2014

The last few years have been really hot ones for the discovery and description of new reef fish species and 2014 was no slouch either. Sometimes it seems like new species descriptions are dominated by dwarf gobies of the Eviota and Trimma genera,…

Chromis bermudae is a Bermudan endemic recently separated from C. flavicauda

Chromis flavicauda is a beautiful and large species from Brazil. Although coloured in a very typical and boring blue body yellow tail configuration, C. flavicauda has a different body shape and a brighter more lustrous colour. Their ability to change…

Reef Nuggets 1: Damsels in disguise

Here at ReefBuilders, we keep our readers on their fins as we strive to deliver the latest aquarium happenings around the world. At the same time, we also try to pepper our blogroll with informative posts so as to keep that…

Ultra Rare Fish Alert: First live photos of Chromis struhsakeri and Bodianus bathycapros

Robert Whitton is a renowned underwater videographer and naturalist, and is currently working in the ichthyological department of natural sciences as a research assosiate at the Bishop Museum in Hawaii. Robert runs a blog called Explorer’s Log where he documents…

Chromis howsoni, a new golden damselfish species from Papua New Guinea

Chromis howsoni is a newly described species of damselfish from that factory of new species in Papua New Guinea called Milne Bay. The golden-brown colored Chromis howsoni is very closely related to Chromis ambionensis differing primarily in coloration and habitat selection. Chromis…