Chromis klunzingeri

Black-headed puller
Chromis klunzingeri
Chromis klunzingeri, Albany, WA, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Chromis klunzingeri
Chromis klunzingeri, juvenile, Albany, WA, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Chromis klunzingeri
Chromis klunzingeri, adult, Jurien Bay, WA, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Chromis klunzingeri
Chromis klunzingeri
Chromis klunzingeri


Temperate Australasia


Yellow sides to the body above the lateral line, white below, and a dark black patch across the head. It generally feeds in the open on plankton and is particularly common along the southern Western Australian coast.


Max Size: 7 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 16.1-22.8°C

Depth: 5-40 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 18.71

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Common (46.9% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Many (34 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney