Chromis xanthochira

Yellow-axil Puller | Stripedtail Puller | Yellow-blotch Puller
Chromis xanthochira
Chromis xanthochira, adult, Photo: Graham Edgar
Chromis xanthochira
Chromis xanthochira, adult, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Andrew Green
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Chromis xanthochira
Chromis xanthochira


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Very similar to C. ternatensis, with yellow spot at pectoral fin base, and wide black upper and lower margins to tail. Dark bars on cheek like C. opercularis and C. xanthura.


Max Size: 14 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.8-30.5°C

Depth: 10-48m

Habitat Generalization Index: 2.54

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: Infrequent (3.8% 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 (38 per transect)

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