bicolor chromis

Scientific name Pycnochromis margaritifer
Descriptor Fowler
Year of description 1946
IUCN category LC
Family Pomacentridae
Genus Pycnochromis
Pycnochromis margaritifer Pycnochromis margaritifer

Introduction

Pycnochromis margaritifer, commonly known as bicolor chromis, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    8 cm
  • Maximum size
    10 cm
  • Average size
    8 cm
  • Maximum size
    10 cm

How to recognize the bicolor chromis ?

The bicolor chromis measures between 8 and 10 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly noir and blanc body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    planctophage
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
    Yes
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The bicolor chromis is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found near the bottom. This species is planctophage .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. It can also be virulent toward conspecifics. However, the bicolor chromis has little concern for non-territorial animals. In a constant quest for dominance, the dominant males of this species cannot stand each other. The battle between two individuals can be intense and violent. It will result in the submission and sometimes even death of one of the protagonists.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert

The bicolor chromis is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert. This fish protects its eggs from nearby predators.

Harmless species

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

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    2 - 20 m

Biotope presentation

The bicolor chromis is most often found at a depth between 2m and 20m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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