Pale-tail Puller (species: Chromis xanthura) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Chromis xanthura
Pale-tail Puller

©Anne Hoggett: Chromis xanthura at Snake Pit near Lizard Island. Note that there is no white on dorsal and anal fins.

©Anne Hoggett: A young Chromis xanthura off Coconut Beach, Lizard Island. Traces of yellow remain on the tail and rear dorsal fin and dark scale edges have not developed.

©Renato Morais: Juvenile Chromis opercularis at the attached entrance bommie, Lizard Island lagoon.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Pomacentridae
Genus Chromis
Species Chromis xanthura



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 17 cm (length according to Allen and Erdmann, 2012)

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

  • Goatley, C.H.R., A. González-Cabello and D.R. Bellwood (2016). Reef-scale partitioning of cryptobenthic fish assemblages across the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 544: 271-280. LIRS catalog number 2039.
  • Motomura, H., H. Nishiyama and S.N. Chiba (2017). Review of the Chromis xanthura species group (Perciformes: Pomacentridae), with description of a new species, Ichthyological Research, DOI 10.1007/s10228-017-0601-8. LIRS catalog number 10101.