Japanese Puller, Chromis mirationis Tanaka 1917

Other Names: Bigeye Chromis, Japanese Chromis

Japanese Puller, Chromis mirationis. Source: Fish Database of Taiwan via EOL / http://fishdb.sinica.edu.tw. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A whitish to greyish-blue chromis with a broad yellow to brown mid-lateral stripe, a white to pale blue dorsal fin, a pale blue anal fin, a small white spot immediately behind the dorsal fin base, and a small black spot at the pectoral-fin base that does not extend beyond the lower part of the axil. Juveniles are bluish-grey with a bright yellow mid-lateral stripe.

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Japanese Puller, Chromis mirationis Tanaka 1917

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West of Bernier Island, Western Australia, to the Arafura Sea, Northern Territory, and the northern Great Barrier Reef to south-east Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific - South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the Chesterfield Islands. Inhabits deep coral and rocky reefs.


Dorsal fin XIV, 13-14; Anal fin II, 11-13; Pectoral fin 19-20; Lateral-line scales 16-18.
Body depth 1.9-2.0 in standard length (SL). Caudal fin with 2 procurrent rays on both upper and lower lobes.

Species Citation

Chromis mirationis Tanaka 1917, Zoological Magazine, Tokyo 29(339): 8. Type locality: off Goto Islands, Japan [31°27'-31°33'N, 125°52'-126°57'E].


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Japanese Puller, Chromis mirationis Tanaka 1917


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Allen, G.R. 1993. Two new species of damselfishes (Pomacentrus) with comments on the validity of two additional pomacentrid fishes. Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 20(1): 21-26 9 figs (as Chromis megalopsis)

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. 

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Sih, T.L., Cappo, M. & Kingsford, M.J. (2017) Deep-reef fish assemblages of the Great Barrier Reef shelf-break (Australia). Science Reports 7: 10886 DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-11452-1 PDF available, Open access

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Yi-Kai Tea, Y-K., Gill, A.C. & Senou, H. 2019. Chromis tingting, A New Species of Damselfish from Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems of southern Japan, with Notes on C. mirationis Tanaka (Teleostei: Pomacentridae). Zootaxa. 4586(2); 249–260. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4586.2.2

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CAAB Code:37372048

Depth:40-155 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm SL

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