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Species: Chromis insolata, Olive chromis, the Sunshinefish

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brown above white below, blue line lip to top eye
soft D & rear edge C clear/yellow; A white
juv: yellow above, purple below

Chromis insolata (Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1830)

Sunshinefish, Olive chromis

Body compressed, oval; 1 pair of nostrils; edge of bone under eye smooth, no notch, hidden by scales; preopercle smooth or with occasional fine serrations; mouth small, protrusible, opens at front; teeth in 2 rows, outer conical, larger; a single continuous dorsal fin XIII,11-12; anal fin II, 11-12; pectoral 19-20; 2-3 short projecting spines at upper and lower base of tail fin; caudal fin deeply forked, with rounded tips; scales large and rough; body scaled, most of head scaled, basal parts of the median fins scaled; lateral line incomplete, ends under end of dorsal fin base; lateral line scales 18-19.

Adult: Upper ½ of head and upper ¾ of body grey-brown; lower parts white; an iridescent blue line from upper lip through top of eye; dorsal and tail fins grey-brown, end of dorsal and outer edge of tail clear to yellowish; anal fin whitish; Juvenile: nape, upper ½ of body and tail base and spiny dorsal yellow; an iridescent blue line from top lip through top of eye; lower head, body and tail, anal and pelvic fins violet.

Reaches 16 cm.

Outer reefs.

Depth range: 3-152 m.

Bermuda to the S Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Corals
  • Water column
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
Diet
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 16
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 152