Pale-tail Puller, Chromis xanthura (Bleeker 1854)


Other Names: Long-tail Puller, Paletail Chromis, Pale-tail Chromis

A Pale-tail Puller, Chromis xanthura, on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns, Queensland. Source: Andrew J. Green / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

Summary:
A bluish-grey chromis with dark scale edges, usually a white tail, and a blackish bar at the preoperculum and another at the rear of the head. Juveniles have yellow on the outer caudal-fin lobes and yellow on the prolonged soft dorsal and anal fin rays. Some individuals have a black caudal fin. 

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Chromis xanthura in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/331

Pale-tail Puller, Chromis xanthura (Bleeker 1854)

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Distribution

Dampier (20°39'S) to Buccaneer Archipelago (15°57'S), WA, Rowley Shoals (17°20'S) and Scott Reef (14°03'S), WA, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea (12°15'S) and Cape York to Lady Musgrave Island (23°53'S), QLD, also Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island, Indian Ocean, and Lord Howe Province,Tasman Sea; tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.

Features

Dorsal fin XIII, 10-11; Anal fin II, 9-10; Pectoral fin 18-20; Lateral line scales 16-19; Gill rakers (first arch) 26-30.
Body depth 2.1-2.3 in SL.

Species Citation

Heliases xanthurus Bleeker 1854, Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 6: 107. Type locality: Banda Neira, Banda Islands, Molucca Islands, Indonesia.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2018

Pale-tail Puller, Chromis xanthura (Bleeker 1854)

References


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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37372057

Depth:3-40 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:17 cm TL

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