Chromis howsoni Allen & Erdmann, 2014
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Pomacentridae (Damselfishes), subfamily: Pomacentrinae
Max. size:  5.62 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 65 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 11-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-13; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 12-13; Vertebrae: 26-26. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: D XI or XII,11-13 (usually XII, 13); A II,12-13 (rarely 13); pectoral rays 15-17 (rarely 17); spiniform caudal rays 2; tubed lateral-line scales 12-14 (usually 13); total gill rakers on first branchial arch 27-31; body depth 1.6-1.8 in SL; colour in life yellowish brown grading to grey brown on posterior body including caudal peduncle; orange bar across pectoral-fin base, invading axil of fin; pelvic fins are yellow; dorsal and anal fins are brown with yellow area posteriorly on each fin; dark brown margin, dorsally and ventrally on caudal fin, tapering in width posteriorly (Ref. 96316).
Biology:  Prefers gentler slopes of coral-rich areas of highly sheltered lagoons and bays, and also on steep outer reef slopes where it can be found in the vicinity of crevices and caverns (Ref. 96316).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Bailly, Nicolas - 09.06.15

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