Chromis tingting, a New Species of Damselfish from Japan

Chromis tingting is a model new species of damselfish described from Japan by Lemon TYK and Anthony Gill. Hailing from Japan’s well-known Sagami Bay, the brand new Ting Ting damselfish has been confounded with equally coloured Chromis like C. mirationis with which it co-occurs in some areas. 

Juveniles and adults of chosen Chromis species: A1: Chromis tingting sp. nov., juvenile, Hachijo-Jima, Japan (Photograph by Kiss2Sea); A2: Chromis tingting sp. nov., grownup, Izu Oceanic Park, Japan (Photograph by W. Takase); B1: Chromis mirationis, juvenile, aquarium specimen from Okinawa (Photograph by Y.Okay. Tea); B2: Chromis mirationis, grownup, aquarium specimen from Izu peninsular (Photograph by Y.Okay. Tea); C1: Chromis okamurai, juvenile, Kashiwajima, Japan (Photograph by Okay. Nakajima); C2: Chromis okamurai, grownup, Kashiwajima, Japan (Photograph by Okay. Nakajima); D1: Chromis struhsakeri, juvenile, Halfway Atoll (Photograph by R. Whitton); D2: Chromis struhsakeri, grownup, Halfway Atoll (Photograph by R. Whitton).

Like most damselfish and particularly Chromis species, the brand new C. tingting has a novel juvenile and grownup look which modifications because the fish grows and ages. The little guys are principally a light-weight greenish silver physique with blue ‘eyebrows’ and pale yellow fins that develop into clear on the margins. 

Grownup Chromis tingting retain this common look however principally lose the blue colour over the attention, changing into lighter in total coloration and creating a noticeable black pectoral spot. Another intently associated species to Cromis tingting embrace C. okamurai and the stunning Hawaiian endemic C. struhsakeri. [Researchgate]



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