paletail chromis

Scientific name Chromis xanthura
Descriptor Bleeker
Year of description 1854
IUCN category LC
Family Pomacentridae
Genus Chromis
Chromis xanthura Chromis xanthura


Chromis xanthura, commonly known as paletail chromis, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    15 cm
  • Maximum size
    17 cm
  • Average size
    15 cm
  • Maximum size
    17 cm

How to recognize the paletail chromis ?

The paletail chromis measures around 15 cm. The dominant males can however reach 17 cm. The paletail chromis measures around 15 cm. The females are more imposing and some specimens can reach 17 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly jaune, noir and blanc body.

Sexual dimorphism

The female is bigger than the male.
The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The paletail chromis is a fish gregarious naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. However, the paletail chromis has little concern for non-territorial animals.


  • Reproduction

The paletail chromis is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 40 m

Biotope presentation

The paletail chromis is most often found at a depth between 0m and 40m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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