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Chromis punctipinnis - Blacksmith

Chromis punctipinnis - Blacksmith

Blacksmiths are not black in color, but more blue-gray. This species is often seen in schools of hundreds over rocky reefs. Blacksmiths will become very active during periods of strong currents that provide the zooplankton that they feed on. Males are known to clean nesting sites and guard eggs until they hatch. This species is will sometimes have skin sores, due to a bacterium, and seek out cleanerfish like the senorita wrasse.


Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Eastern Pacific: Monterey Bay in California, USA to central Baja California, Mexico.


Habitat
Occurs near bottom over or near rocks, especially over steep banks, and also in kelp beds. Young school in open ocean. Retires to rocky holes at night.


Diet
They eat marine algae and zooplankton.


Quick Fact
Blacksmiths rest at night where they are found packed into caves in large numbers.


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