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Odax pullus, the greenbone or butterfish, is a species of ray-finned fish, a weed whiting from the family Odacidae, which is found around New Zealand. It inhabits shallow, rocky areas with brown algae growth, mainly Carpophyllum, upon which it grazes. This species can reach a length of 40 centimetres (16 in) SL and has been recorded as reaching 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb). It is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries.[2] Its range includes the Chatham Islands, Antipodes Islands and Bounty Islands but it is not present around the Three Kings Islands, where it is replaced by the endemic bluefinned butterfish O. cyanoallix.[1]

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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Labriformes
Family: Odacidae
Genus: Odax
O. pullus
Binomial name
Odax pullus
  • Scarus pullus J. R. Forster, 1801
  • Callyodon coregonoides Parkinson, 1843 (ambiguous)
  • Odax vittatus J. Richardson & Solander, 1843
  • Coregonoides vittatus Solander, 1843 (ambiguous)


  1. ^ a b Russell, B.; Clements, K.D.; Choat, J.H.; et al. (2012). "Odax pullus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012: e.T190678A17774407. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012.RLTS.T190678A17774407.en. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2019). "Odax pullus" in FishBase. August 2019 version.