Green Chromis

Chromis viridis

The Green Chromis, ''Chromis viridis'', is a species of damselfish. Individuals tend to be iridescent apple-green and light blue, and reach a maximal length of 10 cm. It is sometimes called the "Blue-green Chromis", but that may also refer to ''Chromis caerulea'', ''C. caerulea'' or Blue Puller, a close relative that is sometimes considered conspecific.
Chromis viridis Diver's Lodge House Reef, Lembeh.
Just a happy bunch of green Chromis. Chromis viridis,Geotagged,Green Chromis,Indonesia,Spring

Appearance

Adults of this species can grow up to 10 centimetres at maximum length. They have 12 dorsal rays, 9 to 11 soft dorsal rays, 2 anal spines, and 9 to 11 anal soft rays on their fins. It is a blue green fish. When they are breeding, males turn more yellowish.
Green Chromis - Chromis viridis Abu Galawa Kebir, Coral Garden, Hamata (2009).
Adults of this species can grow up to 10 cm. It is a blue green fish. When they are breeding, males turn more yellowish.   The male prepares the nest which is shared with several females. The nest is located on sand or rubble. The large number of eggs will hatch in 2–3 days. The male guards the nest and ventilates it with its fins and feeding on those eggs that do not hatch. Males feed on unhatched eggs to prevent them from being breeding grounds for microorganisms which risks their lives.
References Chromis viridis,Egypt,Fall,Geotagged

Distribution

The species is found in the Indo-Pacific, including the Red Sea. It is found in tropical and subtropical waters. In the Indian Ocean, they are found in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, eastern Africa, Madagascar, Seychelles, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, the Andaman Sea, Australia, and Indonesia. In the Pacific Ocean, they are found in the Gulf of Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Japan, the Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Polynesia, Melanesia, and Hawaii in the Indo-Pacific part of the Pacific Ocean. In the eastern Pacific Ocean, they are found from the Gulf of California south to Peru and the Galapagos Islands. There are some reports of this species in the Mediterranean Sea. They live in coral reefs and lagoons. Individuals of this species are encountered in depths of 1 to 12 metres .
Chromis viridis Diver's Lodge House Reef, Lembeh. Chromis viridis,Geotagged,Green Chromis,Indonesia,Spring

Behavior

''Chromis viridis'' schools in aggregations around Acropora coral heads.

Habitat

The species is found in the Indo-Pacific, including the Red Sea. It is found in tropical and subtropical waters. In the Indian Ocean, they are found in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, eastern Africa, Madagascar, Seychelles, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, the Andaman Sea, Australia, and Indonesia. In the Pacific Ocean, they are found in the Gulf of Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Japan, the Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Polynesia, Melanesia, and Hawaii in the Indo-Pacific part of the Pacific Ocean. In the eastern Pacific Ocean, they are found from the Gulf of California south to Peru and the Galapagos Islands. There are some reports of this species in the Mediterranean Sea. They live in coral reefs and lagoons. Individuals of this species are encountered in depths of 1 to 12 metres .

Reproduction

''C. viridis'' spawn over sand and rubble. The male prepares the nest which is shared with several females. The nest is located on sand or rubble. During spawning, the male turns more yellowish in color. The large number of eggs will hatch in 2–3 days. The male guards the nest and ventilates it with its fins and feeding on those eggs that do not hatch. Males feed on unhatched eggs to prevent them from being breeding grounds for microorganisms which risks their lives.

Food

Phytoplankton, zooplankton, and algae, copepods, Artemia, and amphipods consists of the diet of this fish in the wild. This fish also feeds on eggs that fail to hatch. It feeds by ram jawing.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassActinopterygii
OrderPerciformes
FamilyPomacentridae
GenusChromis
SpeciesC. viridis
Photographed in
Egypt
Indonesia