Smoky Puller, Chromis fumea (Tanaka 1917)

Other Names: Fawn Chromis, Smokey Chromis, Smokey Puller, Yellow Demoiselle

A Smoky Puller, Chromis fumea, at Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

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Smoky Puller, Chromis fumea (Tanaka 1917)

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Recorded in Australia from Ningaloo Reef to Dampier Archipelago, WA and in the vicinity of Sydney, NSW; also at Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Found elsewhere in the tropical and temperate Western Pacific, from northern New Zealand and New Caledonia, to Taiwan and southern Japan. 
Inhabits rocky and coral reefs in depths of 3-25 m, usually below 10 m.


Feeds on plankton in the water column.


The Smoky Puller is a demersal spawner and pairs build nests on open reef surfaces during the breeding season. The demersal eggs are spawned onto these surfaces and the pelagic larvae hatch after three days.

Species Citation

Pomacentrus fumeus Tanaka, 1917, Zool. Mag. Tokyo 29(339): 7-12 [in Japanese] Type locality: Nagasaki, Japan.


Dianne J. Bray

Smoky Puller, Chromis fumea (Tanaka 1917)


Allen, G.R. 1976. Two new species of damselfishes (Pomacentridae) from Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 4(2): 133-144 figs 1-2

Allen, G.R. 1985. Fishes of Western Australia. Book 9. 2207-2534 526 pls in Burgess, W.E. & Axelrod, H.R. (eds). Pacific Marine Fishes. Neptune, New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications.

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

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.
Tanaka, S. 1917. Eleven new species of the fishes from Japan. Zoological Magazine, Tokyo 29(339): 7-12 [in Japanese]

Wantiez, L. & P. Thollot. 2000. Settlement, post-settlement mortality and growth of the damselfish Chromis fumea (Pisces: Pomacentridae) on two artificial reefs in New Caledonia (south-west Pacific ocean). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 80: 1111-1118. 

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CAAB Code:37372004

Depth:3-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:13 cm TL

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