Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Pomacentridae
(Damselfishes) > Pomacentrinae
Etymology: Chromis: Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335); athena: Named athena with reference to the sailing yacht Athena, which served as our base of operations during the cruise upon which the new species was first discovered.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 60 - 65 m (Ref. 90102), usually 62 - ? m (Ref. 79629). Tropical, preferred ?; 0°S - 1°S, 130°E - 131°W
South East Asia: Indonesia. Fam Group, Raja Ampat Islands, Papua Barat Province.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 79629)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 10 - 11;
Vertebrae: 26. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D XIII,10 or 11; A II,10 or 11; pectoral rays 17 or 18; spiniform caudal rays 3; tubed lateral-line scales 13 or 14; gill rakers 9 + 20 or 21 = 29 or 30; body depth 2.0-2.1 in SL; color overall dusky bluish grey, except dark grey on anterior half of head and bright yellow on nape and upper back above lateral-line; fins mainly translucent whitish except caudal fin lobes and basal portion of soft dorsal fin dark grey; color in alcohol mainly mottled brown with translucent whitish fins (Ref. 79629).
The type locality is a steep drop-off adjacent to a small islet that is part of the Fam Group in the Raja Ampat Islands (Indonesia). About 10 individuals were observed hovering near a ledge in 62 m depth (Ref. 79629). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205).
Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2008. A new species of damselfish (Chromis: Pomacentridae) from the Raja Islands, Papua Barat Province, Indonesia. Aqua Int. J. Ichthyol. 14(4):203-208. (Ref. 79629)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01778 (0.00800 - 0.03953), b=3.00 (2.83 - 3.17), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.1 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .