The ‌Blacksmith fish, scientifically known ‍as ⁣ Chromis punctipinnis, is a member of the⁣ Pomacentridae family. This exciting marine ⁣fish ​is native to ‌the eastern Pacific Ocean, and gets its ‌name from the sound it produces, akin to a blacksmith hammering metal.

Conservation Status

As of the latest ⁣assessments, the Blacksmith is listed⁢ as ‘Least Concern’ in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.


Length (Average)Length (Range)Weight ​(Average)Weight ‍(Range)Average Lifespan
20 cm7 – 25 cmN/AN/AUp to 10 ‌years


Blacksmiths are typically found in the ⁤eastern ⁣Pacific ‍Ocean region, particularly along⁢ the​ coastlines of California, USA, and down to Baja California, Mexico. They display no significant ⁤migration patterns.


Blacksmiths inhabit saltwater environments. They can be⁣ found in reefs, at depth ranges‍ between 3 – 91 ⁣meters, with a temperature range of 60-72°F.

When and Where to See

Blacksmiths ‍can be seen year-round⁣ in their native habitats, often most active during the day.

Best Fishing ⁢Locations

  • Coastline of California, USA
  • Baja California, Mexico

General Tip: Blacksmiths are known⁣ to be found around rocky bottoms ⁣and reef environments.

How to Catch

Blacksmith can be caught⁢ using a variety of baits, but the most effective ones are small pieces of squid or shrimp. They can be caught by fly fishing or spinning. The early morning​ or late afternoon hours are often the most successful times for catching Blacksmith.

Identification Guide

Blacksmiths are characterized by their dark blue to bluish-black color and a⁢ distinct white stripe that runs along the base of their dorsal fin. They are often confused with damselfish, however, the Blacksmith is generally larger and has⁢ a‌ more⁢ triangular shape.


Blacksmiths are ‍not typically targeted ⁤for culinary uses. There is limited information regarding the taste‍ profile or ⁢nutritional information of this species.

Additional Information

Blacksmiths typically feed on zooplankton and smaller fish. They use their dorsal fins to produce a drumming sound similar to a blacksmith hitting metal – thus earning their name. They are known to fall prey to seals, sea lions,‍ and other larger fish species.

References and⁤ Further Reading

  • Fish Base – Chromis‍ punctipinnis