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      Registered: July 2003
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      Scientific Name: Chromis atripectoralis
      Max. size: 12.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine ; depth range 1 - 29m
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific: most islands of Oceania except Hawaiian Islands, Marquesas, and Pitcairn Group; also Australia north to the Ryukyu Islands. The only confirmed records for the Indian Ocean are from the Seychelles, Thailand and Western Australia. Often confused with Chromis viridis.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 9-10. This species differs from the smaller blue-green C. viridis, by possessing a distinct black blotch on the inner pectoral axil.
      Biology: Inhabits clear lagoons, passages, and seaward reef slopes, in thickets of live or dead coral. Occurs in large aggregations feeding above staghorn Acropora corals. Stomach contents of individuals examined included mainly copepods, amphipods, and zoe
      Aquarium Care:These are schooling and peaceful damselfishes, and basically an open water feeder. They should be kept in schools/shoals of three or more. Feed a varied diet a few times daily. Meaty foods such as vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, flake foods high in vegetable matter, and other quality frozen foods are the preferred foodstuffs.Has a temperature range of 72 - 82°F (22 - 28°C). Natural diet consists mainly of zooplankton. A hardy fish, and is easily kept in groups. Requires an enriched meaty diet with some algae with two or three feedings per day

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