Swallowtail Puller (species: Chromis ternatensis) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Chromis ternatensis
Swallowtail Puller

©Anne Hoggett: Chromis ternatensis at the lagoon entrance channel, Lizard Island.

©Graham Edgar: Chromis ternatensis at Turtle Beach, Lizard Island (24 Jun 2009)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Pomacentridae
Genus Chromis
Species Chromis ternatensis



Distinguishing features

A fairly nondescript small fish usually found in schools among branching corals. Mostly brown with slightly darker scale edges, paler below with a bluish tinge, slightly yellow on head, dark edges to tail.


  • Up to 7 cm (Length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Ceccarelli, D.M., M.J. Emslie and Z.T. Richards (2016). Post-disturbance stability of fish assemblages measured at coarse taxonomic resolution masks change at finer scales. PLOS One, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156232. LIRS catalog number 1971.
  • Eros, C.M. (1996). Acoustic repertoire in the territorial and courtship behaviour of Stegastes apicalis (Pomacentridae), M.Sc. thesis, James Cook University, Townsville. LIRS catalog number 497.
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