Description The Deep Blue Chromis is a vibrant, almost glowing, species of damselfish with intense blue spots which lives in deep waters off the coast of Indonesia and other western Pacific tropical waters. Its unusual habitat of deep coral reefs helped make it one of the top ten new species discoveries of 2008. It was first seen in 1997 by Richard Pyle of the Bishop Museum in Hawaii. It was observed several more times since then from a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) but was only recently named and described by Dr. Pyle in 2008.Chromis abyssus has the distinction of being the very first species to be registered in ZooBank (the online registry of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature) and it was formally described in an article published exactly 250 years after the start of biological classification, or taxonomy, by Carl Linnaeus. It is also one of the exemplar species within the Encyclopedia of Life (www.eol.org) which has a visionary goal of providing in-depth information about all of life on earth. Though not much is known about this species ecology, more can be found and updates can be made on the EOL.
Tamara Clark, Hampshire, England Member Since May 2011 Artist Statement Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA. She works with clients from around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory and TEDx, Woods Hole. She also sells her designs at fairs and galleries, is involved in curating art exhibits and volunteers for local creative endeavors. She hopes her illustrations will help to inspire the protection of species and their habitats.
Tamara received a B.A. in Biology from Goucher College and an M.S. in Forest Ecology from the University of Maine. She was trained in traditional science illustration techniques at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). She has been an active member of the Guild since 1996 and is the the outgoing President of the New England Chapter of the GNSI.
Tamara lives in a small village near Winchester, UK, with her husband, a scientist at the University of Southampton, and their small menagerie of animals. More information and images can be seen on her website www.tamaraclark.com