Blue-green Puller, Chromis viridis (Cuvier 1830)

Other Names: Blue Puller, Blue-green Chromis, Green Puller

A Blue-green Puller, Chromis viridis, on Juke Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, October 2005. Source: Erik Schlogl / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

An iridescent bluish-green damselfish with no black spot at the axil ('arm-pit') of the pectoral fin. Individuals may become intensely yellow to orange while spawning. Blue-green Pullers form large schools above branching Acropora corals.
A spawning aggregation of Blue-green Pullers at Dauin, Central Visayas in the Philippines, July 2020.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Chromis viridis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 03 Dec 2023,

Blue-green Puller, Chromis viridis (Cuvier 1830)

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Houtman Abrolhos to the Kimberley, and offshore reefs, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island in the Timor Sea, and the far northern
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to at least the Solitary Islands, New South Wales; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean, and the Lord Howe Province in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa, east to Oceania (Wake Atoll, Marquesas Islands and Tuamotu Archipelago), north to southern Japan and the Ryukyu Islands, south New Caledonia and Tonga.
Forms large feeding aggregations above branching corals (especially Acropora) in sheltered lagoons and coastal reefs. 


Dorsal fin VII, 9-10;; Anal fin II, 10-11; Pectoral fin 16-18; Lateral-line scalesn15-16; Gill rakers 28-33.
Body depth 2.0-2.1 in SL.


Feeds on zooplankton in the water column.


Females lay demersal adhesive eggs into sandy/rubble nests prepared by males. A group of females lay their eggs into the nest of one male, and he guards and fans the eggs until the larvae hatch.

Similar Species

The similar Blackaxil Puller, Chromis atripectoralis, has a black pectoral-fin axil ('arm-pit').


The specific name viridis is from the Latin viride (= green) in reference to the colour of this species, described by Cuvier (translated from French) as a “beautiful aquamarine green, fainter below, more blue on the back and caudal”.

Species Citation

Heliases viridis Cuvier, 1830, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 5: 420. Type locality: Massuah, Red Sea.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Blue-green Puller, Chromis viridis (Cuvier 1830)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372053

Depth:1-12 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL

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