Chromis lepidolepis   Bleeker,  1877 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyright: Randall, J.E.

Size: 9-9.3 cm.

Color: Brown, paler to whitish on under surface of head and abdomen. Fins all dull brown, spinous dorsal and front of anal little deeper. Upper and lower edge of caudal broadly deep brown. Pectorals pale. Ventrals little deeper brown at tips.

Height 2. Head 3.1-3.2. Eye 2.2-2.7, greater than snout or than broadly convex interorbital space. Mouth oblique. Maxillary reaching to below pupil or not so far. Teeth biserial, outer row enlarged, especially in front of jaws. Preorbital and suborbital scaly, the scales on suborbital covering its lower edge. Two transverse rows of scales on preopercle and one on inferior limb. Posterior limb naked. Hind border of preopercle rugose. Scales on upper part of head reaching to between nostrils. Scales of body each with about 3 basal auxillary scales, the median largest. The four anterior dorsal spines somewhat shorter than the following, which are subequal and about as long as suborbital part of head. Soft dorsal rounded, higher than spinous part. Second anal spine 1.3-1.5 in head. Soft anal similar to soft dorsal. Pectorals slightly shorter than head. Ventrals with the first ray produced, slightly longer than head. Caudal deeply forked, the lobes pointed. Locomotion by the oscillation of median or pectoral fins. Dorsal spines (total): 12-12, Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-13, Anal spines: 2, Anal soft rays: 11-12.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Chromis (Lepidochromis) lepidolepis Fowler and Bean, 1928
Lepidochromis lepidolepis Roxas and Martin, 1937

Common Name (s)
• Scaly chromis (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Cultured:  No

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Fish eggs / larvae, planktonic copepods, other planktonic crustaceans, other planktonic invertebrates


• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Beaufort, LF (1940) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 8 508 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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