West Australian Puller, Chromis westaustralis Allen 1976

Other Names: West Australian Chromis, Westralian Puller

West Australian Pullers, Chromis westaustralis, at Parker Point, Rottnest Island, Western Australia. Source: Ben K. Jones. License: CC by Attribution

A pale brown chromis, with a darker olive brown back, a dark streak on each caudal-fin lobe, a black spot at the pectoral-fin axil, a small white spot below the last dorsal-fin rays, and a narrow blue margin on the dorsal, anal, and caudal fins.
Black spot and a tiny white spot at pectoral fin base, wide dark upper and lower tail margins, and light spot under rear base of dorsal fin. Sometimes forms huge schools on subtropical WA reefs.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Chromis westaustralis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 03 Dec 2023, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/2324

West Australian Puller, Chromis westaustralis Allen 1976

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Endemic to western and northwestern Australia, from the Recherche Archipelago, south Western Australia, to south of Evans Shoal, Northern Territory. 
Inhabits coral and rocky reefs, sometimes forming huge aggregations.


Dorsal fin XIII, l1-12; Anal fin II, 10-11; Pectoral fin 19-20; Pelvic fin 1, 5; Gill rakers on first·arch 29-33; Tubed lateral-line scales 17-20; Horizontal scale rows from terminal lateral-line scale to base of dorsal fin 1.5; Horizontal scale rows from lateral-line to origin of anal fin 9; Procurrent spines on upper and lower edge of caudal fin 2.
Greatest body depth 2.3-2.5 in SL; suborbital margin hidden; preopercle margin smooth or crenulate without distinctive serrae.


The species is known only from Western Australia and is therefore named westaustralis (Allen 1976).

Species Citation

Chromis westaustralis Allen 1976, Records of the Western Australian Museum 4(2): 139, fig. 2. Type locality: Long Island, Wallabi Group, Houtman Abrolhos, about 28°30'S, 113°47'E, Western Australia, depth 2-8 m.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

West Australian Puller, Chromis westaustralis Allen 1976


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Allen, G.R. 1991. Damselfishes of the World. Melle, Germany : Mergus Verlag 271 pp. 

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Hutchins, J.B. 1994. A survey of the nearshore reef fish fauna of Western Australia's west and south coasts — The Leeuwin Province. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 46: 1-66 figs 1-6 

Hutchins, J.B. 1997. Checklist of fishes of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia. pp. 239-253 in Wells, F. (ed.) The Marine Fauna and Flora of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum. 

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CAAB Code:37372055

Depth:2-75 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9 cm SL

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