Chromis atripectoralis (Welander and Schultz, 1951)

Ian Shaw
Sunday, 29 October 1995
N W Solitary Island
Common name: Black-axil Chromis

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific region, north to Ryukyu. In Australia recorded from northern Western Australia, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, south to northern New South Wales and including Lord Howe Island.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents coral and offshore reef habitats. Often associated with staghorn and other branching corals.

Additional Notes:

Colour may vary from pale green to blue. Distinguished from similar C. viridis (Blue Green Puller) by dark spot on pectoral fin base. Feeds on zooplankton and detritus in water column. Retreats to the safety of corals if approached too closely. Grows to 11cm.