Pycnochromis retrofasciatus

Blackbar Puller | Blackbar Chromis | Chromis retrofasciata
Pycnochromis retrofasciatus
Pycnochromis retrofasciatus, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Pycnochromis retrofasciatus
Pycnochromis retrofasciatus, adult, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Pycnochromis retrofasciatus
Pycnochromis retrofasciatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Distinctive markings with yellow body and black bar in front of white tail base. Blue iris and blue crescent under eye. Lives close to the seabed on coral slopes, usually below 10m.


Max Size: N/A cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.8-31.5°C

Depth: 12-120m

Habitat Generalization Index: 4.51

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 (14.6% 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 (23 per transect)

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