Chromis ternatensis

Swallowtail Puller | Golden Chromis | Ternate Chromis
Chromis ternatensisChromis ternatensis, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Chromis ternatensisChromis ternatensis, adult, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Chromis ternatensisChromis ternatensis, juvenile, Aceh, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Chromis ternatensis
Chromis ternatensis
Chromis ternatensis


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Grey/brown oval shaped body with no distinctive markings, other than scissor-tail with black margins and black bar on eye. Occurs in large schools above staghorn coral.


Max Size: 10 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.1-31.3°C

Depth: 1-36m

Habitat Generalization Index: 6.75

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 (34.1% 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 (163 per transect)

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

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