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Five new species of the damselfish genus Chromis (Perciformes: Labroidei: Pomacentridae) from deep coral reefs in the tropical western Pacific

Description

Five new species of the damselfish genus Chromis (Perciformes3: Labroidei: Pomacentridae) are described from specimens collected from deep (>60 m) coral-reef habitat in the western Pacific by divers using mixed-gas closed-circuit rebreather gear. Two of the five new species (C. abyssus and C. circumaurea) are each described from specimens taken at a single locality within the Caroline Islands (Palau and Yap, respectively); one (C. degruyi) is described from specimens collected or observed throughout the Caroline Islands, and two (C. brevirostris and C. earina) are described from specimens collected from several localities throughout the Caroline Islands, Fiji, and Vanuatu. All five species can easily be distinguished from other known Chromis, and from each other, on the basis of colour and morphology. These new species represent the first five scientific names prospectively registered in the official ICZN ZooBank registry.

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marine, harvested by iOBIS

Temporal coverages

Date range: May 6, 1997 - Apr 27, 2007

Language of Metadata

ENGLISH

Language of Data

ENGLISH

Originator
Richard Pyle
Author
Department of Natural Sciences, Bishop Museum 1525 Bernice Street 96817-2704 Honolulu Hawaii United States
Metadata author
Kevin Mackay
Marine Database Manager
NIWA Private Gab 14-901 6241 Kilbirnie Wellington New Zealand
Administrative contact
Richard Pyle
Author
Department of Natural Sciences, Bishop Museum 1525 Bernice Street 96817-2704 Honolulu Hawaii United States

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Tropical western Pacific Ocean

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Author
John Earle
Author
Department of Natural Sciences, Bishop Museum 1525 Bernice Street 96817-2704 Honolulu Hawaii United States
Author
Brian Greene
Author
Department of Natural Sciences, Bishop Museum 1525 Bernice Street 96817-2704 Honolulu Hawaii United States

Taxonomic Coverage

Five new species of the damselfish genus Chromis (Perciformes: Labroidei: Pomacentridae)

SPECIES
Chromis earina, Chromis brevirostris, Chromis abyssus, Chromis degruyi, Chromis circumaurea

References

Pyle, Richard L., John L. Earle & Brian D. Greene. 2008. Five new species of the damselfish genus Chromis (Perciformes: Labroidei: Pomacentridae) from deep coral reefs in the tropical western Pacific. Zootaxa, 1671:3-31