CHROMIS AGILIS - (SMITH, 1960)
Picture courtesy of: Alain Daoulas
Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Labroidei (Suborder) > Pomacentridae (Family) > Chromis (Genus)
Poisson-demoiselle agile, Agile chromis, Agile damsel, Bronze reef chromis, Reef chromis, Reef puller, Rusty chromis, Roesrooi chromis, カレハスズメダイ, 捷光鳃鱼,
Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 12-14; Pectoral rays: 17-18; Lateral-line scale: 15-17; Gill Rakers: 27-30; Body depth: 1.7-1.9 SL. Fish is rich golden brown, shading to purplish pink on lower head and chest. Large dark spot at the pectoral fin base. Max length: 7.5 cm SL. Depth range: 3 - 65 m.
Chromis: from Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch.
Agilis: from Latin, agō = do, act + from Latin suffix, -ilis = used to form an adjective; active, busy, prompt.
Orginal description: Chromis agilis Smith, 1960 - Locality type: Astove Island, Aldabra Group, Seychelles, Western Indian Ocean.
Indo-West Pacific: East Africa, Mozambique Channel, Aldabra and Réunion (western Mascarenes) east to Wake Atoll and Pitcairn Group, north to Ogasawara Islands, south to Elizabeth Reef, New Caledonia, Tonga and Rapa.
Adults occur in clear lagoon and seaward reefs, usually in loose aggregations near caves and ledges. Abundant over branching corals and leeward coasts. Benthopelagic. Feeds on planktons. Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding. Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate. Males guard and aerate the eggs.