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Temporal range: 11–0 Ma

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

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 99 recognized species in this genus:


  1. ^ Sepkoski, J. (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 364: 560. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Randall, J.E. & DiBattista, J.D. (2013): A new species of damselfish (Pomacentridae) from the Indian Ocean. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, 19 (1): 1-16.
  3. ^ Allen, G.R.; Erdmann, M.V. (2014). "A new species of damselfish (Chromis: Pomacentridae) from Papua New Guinea". Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. 11: 13–22. 
  4. ^ a b c Iwatsubo, H.; Motomura, H. (2013). "Redescriptions of Chromis notata (Temminck and Schlegel, 1843) and C. kennensis Whitley, 1964 with the Description of a New Species of Chromis (Perciformes: Pomacentridae)". Species Diversity. 18 (2): 193–213. doi:10.12782/sd.18.2.193.