Friday, 11 December 2015
Damselfish - Chromis chromis (Linnaeus, 1758) - Παπαθκιά - Cyprus
The Damselfish (Chromis chromis) is a small Chromis fish from the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean.
It can grow up to a size of 25 centimetres (9.8 in) in length, with a common length of 13 centimetres (5.1 in)
The body is oval, deep, laterally flattened. Very young specimens are brilliant iridescent blue in color, young specimens have blue stripes and dorsal and anal fins outlined with blue stripe, while adults are dark brown-blueish
The head is short and fully scaled with large eyes. There is a single nostril on each side. The mouth is small, protractile; jaws are equipped with small teeth in three rows
It occurs in the Mediterranean Sea and eastern Atlantic, from Portugal to Angola.
Chromis chromis inhabits littoral, mainly in rocky areas from 2 to 40 metres (6.6 to 131.2 ft) in depth, in small shoals in midwater above or near rocky reefs and above sea-grass meadows
It feeds on small zooplankton and benthic algae. Its main food components are copepods, appendicularia, cladocera, gastropod larvae, bivalve larvae, fish eggs and fish larvae
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Underwater photo Protaras August 2015 by Costas Constantinou