Damselfish

The Damselfish (Chromis chromis) is a small ray-finned marine (saltwater) fish in the Pomacentridae family of damselfish. It is also known as the Mediterranean Chromis. 

The Damselfish is a large-scaled dark-brown fish. It has an oval, laterally compressed body. It has large eyes and a protruding mouth. It has a set of small teeth in three rows. 

Damselfish

It grows to 25 centimetres (10 inches) in length. 

It is native to the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. It prefers rocky sea beds in reefs.

It feeds on zooplankton and algae, as well as fish eggs and fish larvae.

The male and female make a nest on the rocky or sandy sea floor. The female lays eggs in the nest and the male guards them. She lays between 6,000 and 73,000 eggs, but most of them are eaten by other fish. Young Damselfish are brilliant iridescent blue.

Damselfish
Damselfish

[Location of photographs:Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua, France]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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