Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Ovalentaria/misc
(Various families in series Ovalentaria) > Pomacentridae
(Damselfishes) > Pomacentrinae
Etymology: Chromis: Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335); vanbebberae: Named for Barbara Van Bebber (specific name Latinized from Van Bebber), one of the most accomplished submersible pilots in the Caribbean.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 49 - 178 m (Ref. 123501). Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Atlantic: Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean, along the coast of South America to São Paulo, Brazil (and its oceanic islands, Atol das Rocas, Fernando de Noronha, St. Paul’s Rocks, and Trindade).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 123501)
Occurs on a variety of deep-reef habitats, including on rocky reef slopes, coral outcroppings,
around sponges, boulders, and caves. Usually found around artificial substrates such as shipwrecks (e.g., the wreck Queen of Nassau in southeast Florida), tires, and derelict ropes and fishing gear. Together with Chromis insolata, these two are most common pomacentrids on lower-mesophotic and rariphotic reefs in the Caribbean. While in Brazil, C. insolata is replaced by its southern mesophotic counterpart, C. jubauna which often schools with C. vanbebberae on coastal reefs (Ref. 123501).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
McFarland, E.P., C.C. Baldwin, D.R. Robertson, L. A. Rocha and L. Tornabene, 2020. A new species of Chromis damselfish from the tropical western Atlantic (Teleostei, Pomacentridae). ZooKeys (1008):107-138. (Ref. 123501)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= No PD50 data [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01479 (0.00662 - 0.03303), b=2.99 (2.80 - 3.18), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.1 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .