Yellowspot Puller, Chromis kennensis Whitley 1964


Other Names: Yellow-spotted Chromis, Yellow-tail Puller

A Yellowspot Puller, Chromis kennensis, at North Solitary Island, New South Wales, April 2013. Source: Ian Shaw / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

Summary:
A silvery puller with a deeply-forked yellow tail, a prominent black blotch covering the entire pectoral-fin base at all sizes, a black anal fin with a pale leading edge, and a black submarginal band on the spinous dorsal. The Yellowspot Puller never has a white spot at the end of the dorsal-fin base.

In Australia, this species was previously known as Chromis flavomaculata. In 2013, Iwatsubo & Motomura determined that C. flavomaculata was a junior synonym of C. notata (both described from Japan), and that C. kennensis Whitley 1964 (described from Kenn Reef in the Coral Sea) is the correct name for the Yellowspot Puller in Australia.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Chromis kennensis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2315

Yellowspot Puller, Chromis kennensis Whitley 1964

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Distribution

Southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea, to at least Jervis Bay, with juveniles as far south as Montague Island, New South Wales; also the Lord Howe Island region and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical and temperate, southwest Pacific - Coral Sea, Lord Howe Island region, northern New Zealand, New Caledonia and Tonga.
Inhabits lagoon and sloping outer reefs, boulder areas and lava cliffs, often in large schools.

Features

A species of Chromis with the following combination of characters: Dorsal fin XIII,11-13; Anal fin  II,10-12; Pectoral fin 17-21; Caudal fin (principal rays) 15, (spiniform rays 2); Scale rows in longitudinal series 24-27; Lateral line scales (pored) 15-19; Scale rows above lateral line 3; Scale rows below lateral line 9-10; Gill rakers 7-9 +21-25 = 29-34.
Preopercular margin smooth; caudal fin deeply forked, without prolonged filaments; basal width of pelvic fin axillary scale 0.6-1.8% of SL; basal width of scale between pelvic-fin bases 2.0-2.8% of SL; prominent black blotch covering entire pectoral-fin base throughout life; no white spot at end of dorsal-fin base; caudal peduncle without distinct markings; caudal fin yellowish with no dark band along each fin lobe (Iwatsubo & Motomura 2013).

Colour

A prominent black blotch covering entire pectoral-fin base throughout life; no white spot at end of dorsal-fin base; caudal peduncle without distinct markings; caudal fin yellowish with no dark band along each fin lobe.

Remarks

Chromis flavomaculata is a junior synonym of C. notata which only occurs in East Asia, ranging from Akita Prefecture and southwards in the Sea of Japan, including southern Korea, from Chiba Prefecture to Kyushu along the Pacific coast of Japan, including the Izu Islands, Taiwan and southern China, including Hong Kong. C. notata does not occur in the Ryukyu Islands.

Similar Species

Chromis kennensis is most similar to C. yamakawai, which occurs in southern Japan, the Ryukyu Islands, and the Philippines.

Etymology

The species is named kennensis for Kenn Reef in the Coral Sea - the type locality.

Species Citation

Chromis kennensis Whitley 1964, Rec. Aust. Mus. 26(5): 182, Fig. 12. Type locality: Kenn Reef, Coral Sea.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2017

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Yellowspot Puller, Chromis kennensis Whitley 1964

References


Allen, G.R. 1975. Damselfishes of the South Seas. New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 237 pp. 251 figs. 

Allen, G.R. 1991. Damselfishes of the World. Melle, Germany : Mergus Verlag 271 pp. (as Chromis flavomaculata)

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. (as Chromis flavomaculata)

Francis, M. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 136-170 figs 1-2 (as Chromis flavomaculata)

Francis, M.P., Worthington, C.J., Saul, P. & Clements, K.D. 1999. New and rare tropical and subtropical fishes from northern New Zealand. N.Z. J. Mar. Freshwat. Res. 33: 571-586. (as Chromis flavomaculata)

Iwatsubo, H. & Motomura, H. 2013. Redescriptions of Chromis notata (Temminck and Schlegel, 1843) and C. kennensis Whitley, 1964 with the description of a new species of Chromis (Perciformes: Pomacentridae). Species Diversity 18(2): 193-213. http://dx.doi.org/10.12782/sd.18.2.193 PDF available Open access 

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp. (as Chromis flavomaculata)

Randall, J.E., 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii. 720 pp. (as Chromis flavomaculata)

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. (as Chromis flavomaculata)

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. (edn 2) Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. (as Chromis flavomaculata)

Whitley, G.P. 1964. Fishes from the Coral Sea and the Swain Reefs. Records of the Australian Museum 26(5): 145-195 figs 1-15 pls 8-10 PDF available , open access

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37372042

Depth:5-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:16 cm TL

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