Animal Species:Yellowback Puller, Chromis nitida (Whitley, 1928)
The Yellowback Puller can be recognised by its colouration. The species occurs from northern Queensland to the south coast of New South Wales.
Yellowback Puller, Chromis nitida
Photographer: David and Leanne Atkinson © David and Leanne Atkinson
Standard Common Name
Barrier Reef Chromis, Shining Puller, Yellow-back Puller, Yellow-backed Puller
The Yellowback Puller can be recognised by its colouration. A dark stripe runs diagonally from the eye to the soft dorsal fin. Above this stripe the fish is yellowish-brown and below it is silver. The upper and lower margins of the caudal fin are black.
The species grows to 9 cm in length.
The species occurs from northern Queensland to the south coast of New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
It is usually seen on rocky reefs in coastal and offshore waters, and in estuaries.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Senior Fellow