Chromis tingting Tea, Gill & Senou, 2019
Moonstone Chromis
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Family:  Pomacentridae (Damselfishes), subfamily: Pomacentrinae
Max. size:  9.85 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 30 - 50 m
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Japan and probably South Korea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 14-14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 12-12; Vertebrae: 26-26. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characters: D XIV,13-14; A II,12; pectoral rays 19-20; tubed lateral-line scales 15-17; gill rakers 5-6 + 17-20 = 22-26; caudal fin with two spinous procurrent rays dorsally and ventrally. Colour of adult generally silvery white with a large black spot on the pectoral fin base that reaches the lower limits of the axil; juvenile's head and body entirely gunmetal to silvery-grey, overlaid with greenish blue iridescence dorsally; the iris pale blue to grey, bright metallic blue on dorsal edge; axil of pectoral fin base with large black spot; caudal peduncle greyish yellow to bright yellow posteriorly; dorsal fin bright yellow, with basal part of spinous part of fin greyish yellow in larger juveniles; anal fin bright yellow; caudal fin bright yellow basally with remainder of fin hyaline in small juveniles, the yellow area becoming more extensive to cover most of fin in larger juveniles; pectoral fins are hyaline; pelvic fins greyish hyaline, edged in pale blue (Ref. 120429).
Biology:  Usually frequents deep reefs with some sponge and coral cover, reaching 86 m, although sometimes recorded at shallower depths of 25 m. Associates with species of the genera <>Sacura, Pseudanthias, Tosanoides and Pseudolabrus (Ref. 120429).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 17.07.19

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