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For the mythological character, see Chromis (mythology).
Temporal range: 11–0Ma

Late Miocene to present[1]
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Chromis chromis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pomacentridae
Genus: Chromis
G. Cuvier, 1814
Type species
Chromis chromis
Linnaeus, 1758

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Chromis is a genus of fish in the family Pomacentridae. While the term damselfish describes a group of marine fish including more than one genus, most damselfish are in the genus Chromis. These fish are popular aquarium pets due to their small size, tolerance for poor water quality, and bright colors.


There are currently 98 recognized species in this genus:


  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology 364: p.560. Retrieved 8 January 2008. 
  2. ^ Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. (2014): A new species of damselfish (Chromis: Pomacentridae) from Papua New Guinea. Ocean Science Foundation, 11: 13-22.