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Fusiliers, Family Caesionidae

Bob Fenner

Caesio teres, Fiji

The Fusiliers, genera Caesio and Pterocaesio are rarely seen in the west, but I know of associates of public and private aquaria who have kept these for years; many are attractive (check them out in WEB/HRA/REH's Marine Atlas). Additionally, for snappers they're a diminutive lot, 6-12 inches. Some taxonomists place these fishes in their own family Caesionidae, or as part of the lutjanids. Their care is similar to the smaller, more delicate Snappers.

Genus Caesio:

Caesio caerulaurea Lacepede 1801, the Blue and Gold Fusilier. Indo-West Pacific; Red Sea, eastern Africa to Japan and New Caledonia. To fourteen inches in length. These off of Pulau Redang, Malaysia. 

Caesio cuning (Bloch 1791), the Red-Bellied Fusilier. Indo-West Pacific. To about ten inches maximum length. This one in Australian waters.

Caesio lunaris Cuvier 1830, the Lunar Fusilier. Indo-West Pacific; Red Sea, eastern Africa to the Solomon Islands. To sixteen inches maximum length. This one in the Maldives.

Caesio suevicus Klunzinger 1884, The Suez Fusilier. Red Sea endemic. To fourteen inches in length. 

Caesio teres Seale 1906, the Goldband Fusilier. To sixteen inches in length. Indo-west Pacific; Africa to Line Islands, excluding the Red Sea. Fiji and N. Sulawesi image of a juvenile, adults above in title table. 

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Genus Pterocaesio:

Pterocaesio chrysozona (Cuvier 1830), the Double-Lined Fusilier. Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to eastern Australia. To 21 cm. in length.

 

Pterocaesio digramma (Bleeker 1865), the Double-Lined Fusilier. Western Pacific; Indonesia to western Australia. To one foot in length. One off Heron Island, Australia, another in Raja Ampat, Indo.

Pterocaesio tile (Cuvier, 1830), the Dark-banded Fusilier. Western Pacific to East Africa; Mauritius to the Australs. To one foot in length. N. Sulawesi pix.

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Pterocaesio trilineata Richardson 1987, the Three-Lined Fusilier. Western Indian Ocean to Western Pacific. To eight inches in length. Photographed in Redang, Malaysia.

Bibliography/Further Reference:

http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Summary/FamilySummary.cfm?ID=459


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