Chromis hypsilepis

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Chromis hypsilepis
Chromis hypsilepis, Lord Howe Island, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Chromis hypsilepis
Chromis hypsilepis, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Chromis hypsilepis
Chromis hypsilepis, Jervis Bay, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Chromis hypsilepis
Chromis hypsilepis, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Chromis hypsilepis
Chromis hypsilepis
Chromis hypsilepis
Chromis hypsilepis


Temperate Australasia


Blue body with a distinctive white spot below the end of the dorsal fin. The species feeds on zooplankton and unless threatened swims in large aggregations high above the bottom. Adults nest communally by depositing eggs together on the tops of reefs.


Max Size: 16 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 14.7-25.2°C

Depth: 1-40m

Habitat Generalization Index: 26.99

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: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Common (30.2% 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 (106 per transect)

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

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney