Image: Blackaxil Puller larva

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.

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