Chromis Punctipinnis

Physical Description

The Blacksmith is characterized by its perch-shaped body, typically measuring between 15 to 30 centimeters. It features a blunt head, adorned with large scales. Its coloration ranges from blue-gray to slate, accentuated by black spots on the posterior half of its body. Juveniles sport a brassy orange hue on their posterior half.


Although rare in the Monterey region, Blacksmiths are often found near rocky reefs and kelp forests. Juveniles tend to school in open waters, while adults seek shelter in rock crevices during the night.

Geographical Range

Their range extends from Monterey Bay to Baja California, with sightings being rare north of Point Conception.

What They Eat

These fish are day-active feeders, primarily consuming zooplankton. Additionally, males take on the responsibility of guarding egg nests during the breeding season.

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