Species Index

Chromis vanderbilti
(Fowler, 1941)

Common Name: Vanderbilt’s Puller

Distribution: Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Pacific Island, from Australia and Taiwan to the Hawaiian and Pitcairn Island, south to Lord Howe and Rapa Islands. In Australia recorded from Scott Reef of northern Western Australia, across the tropical north, south through the Great Barrier Reef to northern New South Wales, and including Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands and Elizabeth Reef.

Ecological Notes: Frequent exposed outer reef slopes and rocky inshore reefs, adults in small to large aggregations. Depth to at least 20 m.

Additional Notes: Greyish colouration with yellowish belly, distinct small yellow dot at base of rear dorsal fin. Blue stripes along mid side, dark lower lobe of tail and anal fin. Diet consists of zooplankton, especially copepods. They form pairs during breeding and eggs are demersal, attached to the substrate where they are guarded by the males. Grows to 6 cm. 

References: R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.252.

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