Teleostei (teleosts) > Eupercaria/misc
(Various families in series Eupercaria) > Caesionidae
(Fusiliers) > Caesioninae
Etymology: Pterocaesio: Greek, pteron = wing, fin + Latin, caesius = blue grey (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Cuvier.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 2 - 25 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical; 30°N - 27°S, 40°E - 157°E (Ref. 402)
Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to eastern Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 21.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 402)
(total): 10 - 11;
soft rays: 11 - 13. Body light blue to brownish dorsally, white to pinkish ventrally. Broad yellow stripe just under lateral line (Ref. 48636). 4-5 cheek scales; 21-27 predorsal scales; scaled dorsal and anal fins. Upper peduncular scale rows usually 11 (11-13); lower peduncular scale rows usually 15 (14-17). Ventrolateral surface of basioccipital with a broad process for insertion of Baudelot's ligament. Post maxillary with 2 processes; posterior end of maxilla tapered. Small conical teeth in jaws, voter and palatines (Ref. 1723). Head length 3.0-3.5 in SL; body depth 3.3-4.6 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Ranges widely around coral reefs. Found in schools. Feeds on zooplankton in large midwater aggregations. Oviparous, with numerous, small pelagic eggs (Ref. 402). Also caught by drive-in nets. Valuable tuna baitfish.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Carpenter, K.E., 1987. Revision of the Indo-Pacific fish family Caesionidae (Lutjanoidea), with descriptions of five new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (15):56 p. (Ref. 1723)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; bait: usually
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 25.3 - 29.3, mean 28.6 °C (based on 2663 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5002 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01072 (0.00467 - 0.02458), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 87.4 [57.2, 143.0] mg/100g; Iron = 0.899 [0.575, 1.339] mg/100g; Protein = 19 [18, 20] %; Omega3 = 0.143 [0.094, 0.215] g/100g; Selenium = 27.3 [16.7, 48.4] μg/100g; VitaminA = 116 [47, 298] μg/100g; Zinc = 1.4 [1.0, 1.9] mg/100g (wet weight); based on nutrient studies.