Chromis chrysurus   (Bliss,  1883) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 53-67 mm

Color: Uniform bluish brown above, lighter below. Scales of body with dark margin. The scale above the origin of lateral line blackish. A blackish transverse bar at the posterior border of operculum. Spinous dorsal light brown, edged darker. Soft dorsal and anal pale brownish, posterior rays slightly lighter. Caudal pale. Anterior rays of ventral dusky, pale posteriorly. Pectoral pale yellowish with a black spot at the base of upper rays.

Head 3.2-3.3 in standard length, 4.2-4.3 in total length. Depth of body 1.8 in standard length, 2.4-2.5 in total length. Eye diameter 2.8-2.9 in head, 0.7-0.8 in snout and equal to interorbital space. Scales on head reaching to between nostrils. Second anal fin spine longer than longest dorsal fin spine. Three rows of scales on preopercle, the lower and posterior border naked. None of the opercles serrated. Pectoral fin slightly shorter than head, ventral fin equals head.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XIII, 13; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 13; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 16; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 18-19+9; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 3+1+11.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Heliastes chrysurus Bliss, 1883
Chromis chrysurus Smith, 1960

Common Name (s)
• Nilamahi
• Padatham
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Ornamental fish)

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA (Record: 05/01/1987-06/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 06/03/1987-01/04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 11/1993-01/1997)

Literature Source(s)
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Murty, VS (1996) Marine ornamental fishes of India Proceedings of the Seminar on Fisheries - A Multibillion Dollar Industry, Madras CMFRI 23-34 Available at -
  • Kumaran, M; Murty, VS and Lalmohan, RS (1989) Resources of ornamental fishes Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 46-64 Available at -
  • Murty, VS (2002) Marine ornamental fish resources of Lakshadweep CMFRI Special Publication CMFRI 72 1-134 Available at -
  • Murty, VS (2001) Ornamental fish resources of Lakshadweep Bulletins of the Geological Survey of India 56 103-111 Available at -

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