Weber's Puller, Chromis weberi Fowler & Bean 1928

Other Names: Weber's Chromis

Weber's Puller, Chromis weberi, at North Solitary Island, New South Wales, July 2013. Source: Ian Shaw / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A pale brown to greyish-brown chomis sometimes with a bronze tinge, darker scale margins, a broad dark bar behind the eye, a narrower dark bar behind the head, and dark caudal-fin tips. The soft dorsal, anal and pectoral fins may have a yellowish tinge.

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Weber's Puller, Chromis weberi Fowler & Bean 1928

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Shark Bay region to the Dampier Archipelago, offshore reefs of Western Australia, Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and from the far northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea, to southern New South Wales; also Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific.
Inhabits coral and rocky reefs, in channels and on steep outer reef slopes - singly or in small to large schools at depths to 25 m. 


Dorsal fin XIII, 11-12; Anal fin II, 11 - 12; Pectoral fin 18-20; Lateral line scales 17-19; Gill rakers (total) 27-32.
Body depth 2.1-2.3 in SL.


Males and females form breeding pairs, and females lay demersal eggs that adhere to the substrate. The male parent guards and aerates the eggs until the larvae hatch.


The species is named in honour of Max Weber, the “distinguished zoologist of Amsterdam and author of extensive works on East Indian ichthyology”.

Species Citation

Chromis weberi Fowler & Bean, 1928, Bull. U. S. Nat. Mus. 100(7): 41. Type locality: Jakarta, Java, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2021


Atlas of Living Australia

Weber's Puller, Chromis weberi Fowler & Bean 1928


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CAAB Code:37372054

Depth:3-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:13.5 cm TL

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