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Free Content Redescription and Synonymy of the Western Atlantic Damselfish Chromis Flavicauda (Günther)

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The pomacentrid fish Heliastes flavicauda Günther is recognized as a senior synonym of Chromis bermudae Nichols, and distinct from C. enchrysura Jordan and Gilbert. Chromis flavicauda is redescribed based on recently collected material from Bermuda and compared with the holotype, the only known specimen from Brazil. C. flavicauda is characterized by a distinctive color pattern consisting of: caudal and pelvic fins, and distal half to four-fifths of dorsal and anal fins brilliant yellow; at least posterior half of caudal peduncle yellow, remainder of body mostly blue; large black spot covering entire base and axil of pectoral fin. All western Atlantic species of Chromis are contrasted in a key.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 1980

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