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 / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

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Blackaxil Puller, Chromis atripectoralis Welander & Schultz 1951

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Houtman Abrolhos to Cassini Island, Western Australia, including Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and North West Islet and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to the Solitary Islands, New South Wales; also Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea, and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific.
Forms large feeding aggregations above staghorn Acropora corals in clear lagoons, reef passages, and on seaward reef slopes.


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Australian Faunal Directory

Blackaxil Puller, Chromis atripectoralis Welander & Schultz 1951


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CAAB Code:37372036

Depth:1-29 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm TL

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