Chromis nitida

Yellow-back puller | Barrier Reef Puller | Shining Puller
Chromis nitida
Chromis nitida, Narooma, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Chromis nitida
Chromis nitida, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Chromis nitida
Chromis nitida, juvenile, Great Keppel Is, QLD, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Chromis nitida
Chromis nitida, Great Keppel Is, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
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Chromis nitida
Chromis nitida
Chromis nitida
Chromis nitida


Localised, Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Olive/yellow back and white underside, often divided by a black band. Black scissor-tail and black spot at pectoral fin base. Aggregates in large schools on subtropical eastern Australian reefs.


Max Size: 7 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 16.2-29.3°C

Depth: 1-25m

Habitat Generalization Index: 15.47

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: Frequent (12.3% 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: Large aggregations (425 per transect)

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