Blackhead Puller, Chromis klunzingeri Whitley 1929

Other Names: Black-head Puller, Black-headed Chromis, Blackheaded Puller, Black-headed Puller

A Blackhead Puller, Chromis klunzingeri, in Jurien Bay, Western Australia. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A white damselfish with the top of the head, back and dorsal fin bright yellow, usually a broad black diagonal bar from above the pectoral-fin base through the eye to behind the mouth, and a large black spot in the axil of the pectoral fin. Some individuals lack the black bar. 

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Bray, D.J. 2016, Chromis klunzingeri in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Apr 2024,

Blackhead Puller, Chromis klunzingeri Whitley 1929

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Endemic to south Western Australia from the Recherche Archipelago to the Houtman Abrolhos islands.
Inhabits inshore and offshore coral and rocky reefs.

Species Citation

Chromis klunzingeri Whitley 1929, Mem. Qld Mus. 9(3): 244. Type locality: King George Sound, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2016


Australian Faunal Directory

Blackhead Puller, Chromis klunzingeri Whitley 1929


Allen, G.R. 1991. Damselfishes of the World. Melle, Germany : Mergus Verlag 271 pp. 

Allen, G. R. 2001. Family Pomacentridae. pp. in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

Allen, G.R. & Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Pomacentridae. pp. 634-638 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

Edgar, G.J. 2000. Australian Marine Life: the plants and animals of temperate waters. Sydney : Reed New Holland Revised Edn, 544 pp. 

Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp. 

Hutchins, J.B. & Thompson, M. 1983. The Marine and Estuarine Fishes of South-western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 103 pp. 345 figs.

Kuiter, R.H. 1994. Family Pomacentridae. pp. 668-675, figs 586-591 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. 

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp. 

Whitley, G.P. 1929. Some fishes of the order Amphiprioniformes. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 9(3): 207-246 figs 1-4 pls 27-28

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372044

Depth:6-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6.5 cm SL


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