Damselfish can recognize UV markings of a face

Several years ago it was revealed that damselfish could see specially colored markings on the faces of other fish that only show up under ultraviolet light. Now a new study has demonstrated that the fish can not only see these…

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…

Chrysiptera caesifrons, a new damselfish from the Western Pacific

Chrysiptera caesifrons is the first new reef fish species of the week, and growing our favorite genus of damselfish but yet one more fish. Hailing from the Western Pacific Ocean, the new C. caesifrons is found in Papua New Guinea,…

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…

Chromis brevirostris is a gorgeous species which is barely documented

Here at Reef Builders we are a fan of all things Chromis, and are especially fond of the deep water species such as the world famous Chromis abyssus. C. abyssus was described in 2008 together with four other species –…

Awesome Fish Spotlight: The tiger damselfish, Chrysiptera annulata, from the Western Indian Ocean

Sometime this summer we found ourselves floating on the surface of a shallow Indian Ocean near shore reef when we spotted something bright and unexpected – a brilliant black and white damselfish the likes of which we had never seen…

Pomacentrus micronesicus – a new damselfish species from the Marshall Islands

As it there weren’t enough blue damselfish to confuse us on identification, along comes Pomacentrus micronesicus to add one more species to the mix. Identified from ten specimens collected around Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the new Micronesian damselfish is…

Chrysiptera starcki: A tail of two damselfish

Chrysiptera starcki is a well loved damsel that commonly graces the aquarium of most hobbyist. The bright blue and yellow coloration is a trademark branding for most Chrysiptera, but it looks spectacular on C. starcki. Although often imported from Australia,…

Rising Tide announces success with captive-bred Green Chromis

Green Chromis as a species complex (Chromis viridis, C. caerulea, and C. atripectoralis) represent the NUMBER ONE species collected for the marine aquarium hobby*, yet unlike another popular bread & better species (such as the Ocellaris Clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris), the Green…