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Chromis punctipinnis (Cooper, 1863)
Channel Islands, CA.
The blacksmith can reach 30 centimeters (12 inches) in length. It is blue-black in color with small black spots towards the tail. The scales are large. The tail is forked. The juvenile (to 5 centimeters) is two-toned with a blue-grey front and a brownish-orange rear. The diet includes marine algae and zooplankton. Its range is from Monterey Bay, California, to central Baja California, Mexico.