Green Puller, Chromis cinerascens (Cuvier 1830)

Other Names: Green Chromis, Peppered Chromis

A Green Puller, Chromis cinerascens, at Enderby Island, Dampier, Western Australia. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A greyish to dusky olive green puller often with a yellowish tinge below, and white to yellowish pelvic and anal fins.

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Green Puller, Chromis cinerascens (Cuvier 1830)

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Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia, to the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the east-Indo-west Pacific: Sri Lanka east to Andaman Sea, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia and northern Australia.
Forms small schools on silty coastal and inshore reefs, often in turbid areas with strong currents and rocky ledges dominated by soft corals, at depths to about 15 m.


 Dorsal fin XIII, 11-12; Anal fin II, 11-14; Pectoral fin 15-17; Lateral line scales 12-14; Gill rakers 26-30.  
Body deep, compressed, greatest depth 1.9-2.2 in SL; posterior margin of preopercle smooth; suborbital scaled, with entire ventral edge. Teeth on jaws conical, multiserial; teeth in outermost row larger than inner teeth.


Feeds on zooplankton.

Similar Species

Differs from the Blackaxil Puller, Chromis atripectoralis, in attaining a larger size, and inhabiting turbid inshore reefs (vs. inhabiting rich coral areas in clear lagoons and outer reefs).


The specific name cinerascens is from the Latin cinereus (= ash-coloured) and –escens (= becoming), in reference to the colour of this species.

Species Citation

Heliases cinerascens Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1830, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons Vol. 5: 495. Type locality: Java.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Green Puller, Chromis cinerascens (Cuvier 1830)


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CAAB Code:37372039

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:13 cm TL

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