Blue-green Puller, Chromis viridis (Cuvier 1830)

Other Names: Blue Puller, Blue-green Chromis, Green Puller

A Blue-green Puller, Chromis viridis, at Sumbawa, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

An iridescent greenish-blue damselfish with no black spot at the 'arm-pit' of the pectoral fin. Blue-green Pullers form large schools over branching Acropora corals.
Blue-green Pullers spawning in an aquarium.

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Dianne J. Bray, Chromis viridis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Jul 2020,

Blue-green Puller, Chromis viridis (Cuvier 1830)

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Recorded in the Australian EEZ from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands to Long Reef, WA, also Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, WA, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the Torres Strait Coral Reefs, Queensland, to at least the Solitary Islands, New South Wales; also at Cocos (Keeling) and Christmas islands in the Indian Ocean, and at Lord Howe Island and Elizabeth & Middleton Reefs in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific.
Large feeding aggregations are often seen above branching Acropora corals in sheltered areas such as subtidal reef flats and lagoons. 


Feeds on plankton.


Females lay demersal adhesive eggs into sandy/rubble nests prepared by males. A group of females lay their eggs into the nest of one male, and he guards and fans the eggs until the larvae hatch.

Species Citation

Heliases viridis Cuvier, 1830, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 5: 420. Type locality: Massuah, Red Sea.


Dianne J. Bray

Blue-green Puller, Chromis viridis (Cuvier 1830)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372053

Behaviour:Males guard eggs

Depth:1-12 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL

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