Stoutbody Puller, Chromis chrysura (Bliss 1883)

Other Names: Robust Puller, Stout Chromis, Stout-body Chromis

A Stoutbody Puller, Chromis chrysura, at South Solitary Island, New South Wales, August 2012. Source: Ian Shaw / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A deep-bodied olive-green, brown to greyish puller with a white caudal peduncle and tail, white posterior rays in the dorsal and anal fins, dark upper and lower caudal-fin rays, a pale crescent-shaped mark below the eye, and a dark vertical mark on each scale.

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Stoutbody Puller, Chromis chrysura (Bliss 1883)

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Northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland and reefs in the Coral Sea, to the Sydney region, New South Wales; also the Lord Howe Island Province in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical Indo-west Pacific: Mascarene Islands east to Fiji and Tonga, north to southern Japan, south to New South Wales (Australia) and New Caledonia.
Inhabits steep outer reefs slopes on coral and rocky reefs, usually forming large aggregations to feed on zooplankton well above the reef.


Dorsal fin XIII, 14-15; Anal fin II, 13-14; Pectoral fin 18-19; Lateral-line scales 17-19; Gill rakers 29-33,
Body depth: 1.6-1.8 in SL. 


Planktivore - groups feed on plankton well above the seafloor.


The specific name chrysurus is from the Greek chrysos (= gold) and oura (= tail).

Species Citation

Heliastes chrysurus Bliss 1883, Trans. Roy. Soc. Arts Sci. Mauritius 13: 56. Type locality: Mauritius.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Stoutbody Puller, Chromis chrysura (Bliss 1883)


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CAAB Code:37372038

Depth:6-45 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:14 cm SL

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