Whitetail Puller, Chromis margaritifer Fowler 1946


Other Names: Bicolor Chromis, Bicolour Chromis, Black and White Chromis, Chocolate Dip, Half & Half Chromis, Half-and-half Puller, Whitetail Chromis

A Whitetail Puller, Chromis margaritifer, at North Solitary Island, New South Wales, January 2013. Source: Ian Shaw / iNaturalist.org. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

Summary:
A mostly dark greyish to black puller becoming abruptly white on the rear of the dorsal and anal fins, caudal peduncle and caudal fin, with often a blue margin on the dorsal fin. The Whitetail Puller also has a black axil spot on the pectoral fin, and filamentous caudal-fin lobes.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Chromis margaritifer in Fishes of Australia, accessed 27 Sep 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/2320

Whitetail Puller, Chromis margaritifer Fowler 1946

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Distribution

Houtman Abrolhos to the Bonaparte Archipelago and offshore reefs of Western Australia, and Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island in the Timor Sea, and the far northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea, to Shellharbour, New South Wales, with juveniles south to Montague Island; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean, and the Lord Howe region in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific.

Individuals or small groups inhabit coastal and offshore reefs.

Features

Dorsal fin XI, 12-13; Anal fin II, 11-12; Pectoral fin 16-18' Lateral-line scales 16-18; Gill rakers 25-29.
Body depth 1.9-2.0 in SL. 

Etymology

The specific name margaritifer is from the Latin margarita (= pearl) and -fer (= bearing), in reference to the “pearly gray band on the infraorbitals, obscure pearly gray spots on cheeks, breast and lower sides and contrasted black base of the pectoral on its outer face with a pearly gray border”,

Species Citation

Chromis dimidiatus margaritifer Fowler 1946, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 98: 140, figs 9-10. Type locality: Aguni Shima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2020

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Whitetail Puller, Chromis margaritifer Fowler 1946

References


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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37372047

Depth:2-20 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9 cm TL

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