Yellow-axil Puller, Chromis xanthochira (Bleeker 1851)


Other Names: Yellowaxil Chromis, Yellow-axil Chromis, Yellow-blotch Puller

A Yellow-axil Puller, Chromis xanthochira, at Komba Island, Indonesia, August 2018. Source: zsispeo / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Summary:
A bluish-grey or geryish-green chromis overlain with a yellow hue anteriorly, a yellow pectoral-fin base, and dark brown to blackish caudal-fin lobes. 

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Chromis xanthochira in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Sep 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/330

Yellow-axil Puller, Chromis xanthochira (Bleeker 1851)

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Distribution

Offshore reefs of north Western Australia, Ashmore and Cartier reefs in the Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef and reefs in the Coral Sea, Queensland; also Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific: Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Palau and Pohnpei.
Individuals or small groups inhabit outer reef slopes and drop-offs at depths to 48 m.

Features

Dorsal fin XIII, 11; Anal fin II, 11-12; Pectoral fin 19; Lateral-line scales 16-17; Gill rakers (total first arch) 30-32.
Body depth 2.0-2.2 in SL.

Etymology

The specific name xanthochira is from the Greek xanthos (= yellow) and cheir (= hand) in reference to the yellow pectoral-fin axil.

Species Citation

Heliases xanthochirus Bleeker 1851, Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 2: 248. Type locality: Banda Island, East Indies [Indonesia]

Author

Bray, D.J. 2020

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Yellow-axil Puller, Chromis xanthochira (Bleeker 1851)

References


Allen, G.R. 1975. Damselfishes of the South Seas. New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 237 pp. 251 figs. 

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

Allen, G.R. 1993. Fishes of Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 44: 67-91 

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. 

Allen, G.R. 2001. Family Pomacentridae. pp. in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218. 

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp. 

Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1988. Fishes of Christmas Island Indian Ocean. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 197 pp. 

Bleeker, P. 1851. Bijdrage tot de kennis der ichthyologische fauna van de Banda-eilanden. Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 2: 225-261 See ref at BHL

Bleeker, P. 1877. Mémoire sur les Chromides marins ou Pomacentroïdes de l'Inde archipélagique. Natuurkundige Verhandelingen van de Bataafsche Hollandsche Maatschappye der Wetenschappen te Haarlem 3 2(6): 1-166 

Hobbs, J-P.A., Newman, S.J., Mitsopoulos, G.E.A., Travers, M.J., Skepper, C.L., Gilligan, J.J., Allen, G.R., Choat, H.J. & Ayling, A.M. 2014. Checklist and new records of Christmas Island fishes: the influence of isolation, biogeography and habitat availability on species abundance and community composition. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 30: 184–202 

Hutchins, J.B. 2001. Biodiversity of shallow reef fish assemblages in Western Australia using a rapid censusing technique. Records of the Western Australian Museum 20: 247-270

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls. 

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. 

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37372056

Depth:10-48 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:14 cm TL

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