Blackaxil Puller, Chromis atripectoralis Welander & Schultz 1951


Other Names: Blackaxil Chromis, Black-axil Chromis, Black-axil Puller, Blue-green Puller

A Blackaxil Puller, Chromis atripectoralis, in the lagoon at Lord Howe Island, February 2012. Source: Ian Shaw / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

Summary:
A pale greenish to bluish-green puller with a black spot in the axil of the pectoral fin 

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Chromis atripectoralis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 26 Nov 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/2310

Blackaxil Puller, Chromis atripectoralis Welander & Schultz 1951

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Distribution

Houtman Abrolhos to Cassini Island, Western Australia, including Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and North West Islet and Houtman Abrolhos to the Kimberley, and offshore reefs of Western Australia, and Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and the far northern Great Barrier Reef, to the Solitary Islands, and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean, and the Lord Howe Island region in the Tasman Sea. The Blackaxil Puller may also occur in the Arafura Sea, Northern Territory. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific.
Forms large feeding aggregations above branching corals, mostly Acropora and Pocillopora, in clear lagoons, reef passages, and on seaward reef slopes.

Features

Dorsal fin XII, 9-10; Anal fin II, 9-10; Pectoral fin 18-20; Lateral-line scales 15-16; Gill rakers 28-33.
Body depth 2.0-2.1 in SL.

Similar Species

Differs from the similar Blue-green Puller, Chromis viridis, in having a black patch at the axil of the pectoral-fin base.

Etymology

The specific name atripectoralis is from the Latin ater (= black) and pectoralis (= of the breast) in reference to the black spot in the axil of the pectoral fin.

Species Citation

Chromis atripectoralis Welander & Schultz 1951, Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 41(3): 107, fig. 1. Type locality: Channel reef, Eman Island, Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. 

Author

Bray, D.J. 2020

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Blackaxil Puller, Chromis atripectoralis Welander & Schultz 1951

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CAAB Code:37372036

Depth:2-15 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm TL

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