Onespot Puller, Chromis hypsilepis (Günther 1867)

Other Names: Brown Puller, One-spot Chromis, One-spot Puller

A Onespot Puller, Chromis hypsilepis, at Bass Point, Jervis Bay, New South Wales. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A bluish-grey to greyish-green puller with a white spot (sometimes faint or blotchy) on the body behind the dorsal fin, a black spot at the axil of the pectoral fin, a vertical yellow streak on the gill cover, and a whitish bar beneath the eye.

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Onespot Puller, Chromis hypsilepis (Günther 1867)

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Southern Queensland, to northern and eastern Tasmania, and Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, with a rare sighting as far west as Port Phillip; also at Lord Howe Island, Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs, and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in northern New Zealand.
Inhabits inshore coastal and offshore rocky reefs, forming small to large feeding aggregations above the reef.


Known to form spawning aggregations at the western tip of a reef at Terrigal Haven, New South Wales. Males guard and aerate the egg clutch until the larvae hatch.


The specific name hypsilepis is from the Greek hypsos (= height) and the Latin lepis (= scale) in reference to the scale depth: "each scale on the middle of the side is twice as deep as long".

Species Citation

Heliastes hypsilepis Günther 1867, Annals and Magazine of Natural History 3 20(8): 66. Type locality: New South Wales.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Onespot Puller, Chromis hypsilepis (Günther 1867)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372002

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-106 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:15 cm SL

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