Vanderbilt's Puller, Chromis vanderbilti (Fowler 1941)

Other Names: Vanderbilt's Chromis

Vanderbilt's Puller, Chromis vanderbilti, at Kahe Beach Park, Hawaii. Source: David R / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

A puller with alternating blue and yellow stripes, caudal fin with a broad yellow margin on the upper lobe and a broad black margin on the lower lobe, a yellow margin on the spinous dorsal fin and a blackish anal fin.

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Vanderbilt's Puller, Chromis vanderbilti (Fowler 1941)

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Scott Reef, WA (14°04'S), and Portlock Reef (9°43'S), Coral Sea, QLD to Solitary Islands (30°01'S), NSW with juveniles to Sydney, also Lord Howe Island Province, Tasman Sea; tropical, west-central Pacific.

Species Citation

Pycnochromis vanderbilti Fowler, 1941, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci., Philad. 93: 260, fig. 12. Type locality: Oahu, Hawaiian Islands.


Dianne J. Bray

Vanderbilt's Puller, Chromis vanderbilti (Fowler 1941)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372052

Depth:2-20 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6 cm TL

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