Azurina atrilobata

Scissortail damsel | Scissortail Damselfish | Chromis atrilobata
Azurina atrilobata
Azurina atrilobata, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Photo: Graham Edgar
Azurina atrilobata
Azurina atrilobata, Nicaragua, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Azurina atrilobata
Azurina atrilobata


Tropical Eastern Pacific


Oval-shaped, light brown body, black scissor tail, black stripe on rear of dorsal fin, black spot at pectoral fin base, and a white spot at base of rear of dorsal fin. Forms aggregations in mid water above the reef, feeding on zooplankton.


Max Size: N/A cm

Sea Temperature Range: 21.3-30.3°C

Depth: 1-80m

Habitat Generalization Index: 25.02

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Widespread (55.4% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Large aggregations (387 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields