Vanderbilt's Puller, Chromis vanderbilti (Fowler 1941)


Other Names: Vanderbilt's Chromis

Vanderbilt's Puller, Chromis vanderbilti, at Tahiti, French Polynesia, November 2016. Source: zsispeo / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Summary:
A dusky puller with rows of blue spots forming stripes along the yellow sides, a broad black band along the lower caudal-fin lobe, a narrow blue margin and a broad yellow submarginal band margin on the dorsal fin, and a mostly bluish-black anal fin.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Chromis vanderbilti in Fishes of Australia, accessed 09 Aug 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/328

Vanderbilt's Puller, Chromis vanderbilti (Fowler 1941)

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Distribution

Scott Reef, Western Australia, and the far northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea, to Shellharbour, New South Wales; also Lord Howe Province in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west-central Pacific: Philippines east to Hawaii and the Pitcairn Group, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island, New Caledonia, Kermadec Islands, New Zealand, Tonga and Rapa.
Forms small to large aggregations on exposed outer reef slopes and inshore rocky reefs.

Features

Dorsal fin XII, 10-12; Anal fin II, 10-12; Pectoral fin 16-18; Lateral-line scales 16-18; Gill rakers 23-27. 
Body depth: 2.3-2.7 ins SL. 

Similar Species

Differs from the similar Blacktail Chromis, Chromis nigrura, and the Lined Puller, C. lineata, in having a yellow upper caudal-fin lobe, a black lower lobe, and a broad submarginal band on the dorsal fin. 
The Lined Puller has a mostly yellow caudal fin, and a yellow spot at the rear base of the dorsal fin. 
The Blacktail Chromis has a yellow caudal fin sometimes with a black streak along the upper and lower lobes, and a narrow blue margin on the dorsal and anal fins. 

Etymology

Fowler named the species in honour of George W. Vanderbilt III, who organized the 1940 Oahu (Hawaii) expedition during which type specimen was collected. Fowler acknowledged Vanderbilt for his “industry” and “continued interest” in the development of the fish collection at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia.

Species Citation

Pycnochromis vanderbilti Fowler, 1941, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci., Philad. 93: 260, fig. 12. Type locality: Oahu, Hawaiian Islands.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2020

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Vanderbilt's Puller, Chromis vanderbilti (Fowler 1941)

References


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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37372052

Depth:2-20 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6 cm TL

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