Teleostei (teleosts) > Ovalentaria/misc
(Various families in series Ovalentaria) > Pomacentridae
(Damselfishes) > Chrominae
Etymology: Chromis: Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335); norfolkensis: Named for its type locality, Norfolk Island in the southwestern Pacific Ocean..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 5 - 40 m (Ref. 125611). Subtropical
Southwest Pacific: northern Tasman Sea and southern Coral Sea region at northern New Zealand, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, and the Chesterfield Islands; including New South Wales, Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 125611)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 13 - 14;
soft rays: 10 - 11;
Vertebrae: 26. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: D XII I- XIV,12-13 (usually XIII,12); A II,10-11 (usually II,10); pectoral-fin rays 18-20 (usually 19); spiniform caudal-fin rays 2; tubed lateral-line scales 17-19; total gill rakers on first branchial arch 30-34 (usually 31-33); body depth 2.0-2.4 (mean 2.2) in SL. Colouration: adult color in life bicolored, light to dark brown to yellowish on upper half and white on lower half, transition between two halves more or less abrupt with slightly diagonal emarcation extending from lower rear corner of eye to conspicuous small, rounded, white spot, half pupil size or less, at base of last dorsal-fin rays; caudal fin is translucent whitish to bluish with broad black bands along upper and lower margins with a narrow blue-white edge (Ref. 125611).
Usually found on outer reef slopes around boulders or occasionally on coral patch reefs (Ref. 125611).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, G.R. and M.G. Allen, 2021. Two new species of Chromis (Teleostei: Pomacentridae) from northwestern Australia and the southwestern Pacific Ocean, previously part of C. fumea (Tanaka, 1917). J. Ocean Sci.Foundation 38:78-103. (Ref. 125611)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= No PD50 data [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01549 (0.00913 - 0.02626), b=3.13 (2.98 - 3.28), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.1 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).