Image: Blackaxil Puller larva
A larval Blackaxil Puller, Chromis atripectoralis, caught close to the surface during a fieldtrip to Lizard Island over January and February 2008.
- Colin Wen
- © Colin Wen
The 9 mm long (standard length) fish was captured in a light trap. It's ready to settle on a coral reef after having been out in the open water for 2 to 3 weeks. The fish is now looking for a home on the reef and is about to make the dangerous transition from being a pelagic animal to a reef-associated one.