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Species: Chromis limbaughi, Blue and yellow chromis, Limbaugh's damselfish

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body deep
blue-grey + blue dots
D, A & C: yellow
juvenile: black + blue spots, rear yellow

Chromis limbaughi Greenfield & Woods, 1980

Blue and yellow chromis, Limbaugh's damselfish

Body deep, oval, greatest body depth 1.8-2.2 in SL; 1 pair of nostrils; edge of bone under eye smooth; preopercle smooth or with occasional fine serrations; mouth short, protrusible, oblique, opens at front; teeth in 2 rows, outer conical, larger; gill rakers 27-31; a single continuous dorsal fin, XIII, 11-12; anal II, 11; pectoral rays 18-19; 2-3 short projecting spines at upper and lower base of tail fin; tail forked, rounded tips; scales large and rough; 15-18 lateral line scales; body scaled, most of head scaled, basal parts of the median fins scaled; lateral line incomplete, ends under end of dorsal fin base.

Bluish grey with a largely bright blue head and with yellow dorsal, caudal, and anal fins; yellow coloration of dorsal fin usually continuous with pale yellowish or whitish caudal peduncle; juveniles  largely bright blue on anterior two-thirds and bright yellow posteriorly, the yellow region confluent with yellow dorsal, tail, and anal fins.

Maximum size to 12 cm.

Inhabits rocky shores.

Depth: 5-120 m.

The lower 3/4 of the Gulf of California, and the Revillagigedos islands.


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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Water column
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Zooplankton
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 12
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 120