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Genus Chromis Cuvier, 1815



The generic name Chromis has been treated as masculine and feminine and is apparently from a common gender noun, which can be either masculine or feminine. The International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature ruled that the genus is feminine (Opinion 1417). It was often treated as masculine in early literature. Because of the confusion, we accept here the compound species names to be adjectives to be consistent with current literature.


Excluded Taxa


POMACENTRIDAE: Chromis dimidiata (Klunzinger, 1871) — Randall, J.E. & DiBattista, J.D. 2013. A new species of damselfish (Pomacentridae) from the Indian Ocean. Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology [formerly Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology] 19(1): 1-16 [11] (restricted to western Indian Ocean, Australian records based on Chromis fieldi)

POMACENTRIDAE: Chromis scotochilopterus Fowler, 1918 [basis of record in Whitley 1964 unknown] — Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. [585]




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information


IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Transition (1), Lord Howe Province (14), Central Eastern Transition (15), Kenn Province (17), Northeast Province (18), Northeast Transition (19), Timor Province (2), Cape Province (20), Norfolk Island Province (21), Cocos (Keeling) Island Province (22), Christmas Island Province (23), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Northwest Transition (3), Southwest Shelf Transition (30), Southwest Shelf Province (31), Bass Strait Shelf Province (35), Tasmanian Shelf Province (36), Southeast Shelf Transition (37), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Other Regions

Coral Sea Islands Territory, Territory of Ashmore & Cartier Islands, Torres Strait Islands terrestrial, marine & freshwater

History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
27-Jul-2017 LABROIDEI 16-May-2017 MODIFIED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
27-Jul-2010 MODIFIED