Scaly Puller, Chromis lepidolepis Bleeker 1877


Other Names: Scaly Chromis

A Scaly Puller, Chromis lepidolepis, at the Cod Hole, Ribbon Reef #10, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Anne Hoggett / iNaturalist.org. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

Summary:
A pale brown to greyish-green chromis with black tips on the caudal-fin lobes, a black blotch on the outer part of the anal fin, black tips on the dorsal-fin spines, a black vertical bar through the eye and a white iris.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Chromis lepidolepis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 30 Nov 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/2318

Scaly Puller, Chromis lepidolepis Bleeker 1877

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Distribution

Offshore reefs of north Western Australia, Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and the far northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to the Solitary Islands, New South Wales, and reefs in the Coral Sea; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Small groups inhabit coral rich areas on coastal, lagoon and outer reefs, usually aggregating close to shelter at depths to 20 m.


Features

Dorsal fin XII, 12-13; Anal fin 11-12; pectoral fin 17-19; Lateral-line scales 15-18; Gill rakers 27-30.
Body depth 1.9-2.2 in SL.

Feeding

Feeds on zooplankton.

Similar Species

Weber's Puller, Chromis weberi, has a dark bar on the cheek and a narrow dark margin on the gill cover.

Etymology

The specific name lepidolepis is from the Latin lepido- (= scaly) and lepis (= scale) in reference to the 'scaly scales' on the nape and the back that have small auxiliary scales at their bases.

Species Citation

Chromis lepidolepis Bleeker 1877, Verslagen en Mededeelingen der Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen(Afdeeling Natuurjunde). Amsterdam 2 10: 389. Type locality: Timor.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2020

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Scaly Puller, Chromis lepidolepis Bleeker 1877

References


Allen, G.R. 1975. Damselfishes of the South Seas. New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 237 pp. 251 figs. 

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

Allen, G.R. 1993. Fishes of Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 44: 67-91 

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. 

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. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1994. Fishes of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin 412: 1-21 

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp. 

Bleeker, P. 1877. Descriptions de quelque espèces inédites de Pomacentroïdes de l'Inde archipélagique. Verslagen en Mededeelingen der Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen (Afdeeling Natuurjunde). Amsterdam 2 10: 384-391 

Hobbs, J-P.A., Newman, S.J., Mitsopoulos, G.E.A., Travers, M.J., Skepper, C.L., Gilligan, J.J., Allen, G.R., Choat, H.J. & Ayling, A.M. 2014. Checklist and new records of Christmas Island fishes: the influence of isolation, biogeography and habitat availability on species abundance and community composition. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 30: 184–202 

Hobbs, J-P.A., Newman, S .J., Mitsopoulos, G.E.A., Travers, M.J., Skepper, C.L., Gilligan, J.J., Allen, G.R., Choat, H.J. & Ayling, A.M. 2014. Fishes of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands: new records, community composition and biogeographic significance. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 30: 203–219 

Hutchins, J.B. 2001. Biodiversity of shallow reef fish assemblages in Western Australia using a rapid censusing technique. Records of the Western Australian Museum 20: 247-270 

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls. 

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. 

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37372045

Depth:2-20 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:8 cm TL

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