Scaly Puller (species: Chromis lepidolepis) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Chromis lepidolepis
Scaly Puller

©Anne Hoggett: Chromis lepidolepis at Cod Hole, Ribbon Reef Number 10.

©Graham Edgar: Chromis lepidolepis at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island. Enlarge image to just make out black tips on dorsal fin rays, tail and anal fin.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Pomacentridae
Genus Chromis
Species Chromis lepidolepis



Distinguishing features

A nondescript small fish usually found in schools. Pale grey/green to olive/brown, black tips on dorsal fin rays and on both tail lobes, and a black patch on edge of anal fin.


  • Up to 8 cm (Length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©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.
  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1997). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea: Second edition Crawford House Publishing, Bathurst, NSW.

Other references

  • 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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