Animal Species:Yellow and Blueback Fusilier, Caesio teres (Seale, 1906)

The Yellow and Blueback Fusilier has a brilliant yellow tail, upper back and posterior region of the dorsal fin. The rest of the body is bright blue above and white below. The pectoral, pelvic and anal fins are white. The upper base of the pectoral fin is black.

A Yellow and Blueback Fusilier at 'Pixie's Pinnacle'.

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Yellow and Blueback Fusilier

Identification

The Yellow and Blueback Fusilier has a brilliant yellow tail, upper back and posterior region of the dorsal fin. The rest of the body is bright blue above and white below. The pectoral, pelvic and anal fins are white. The upper base of the pectoral fin is black. 

Size range

The species grows to 40cm in length.

Distribution

The Yellow and Blueback Fusilier occurs throughout the Indo-west and central Pacific.

In Australia it is known from north-western Western Australia and from the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Caesio teres

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Yellow and Blueback Fusilier specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

It occurs on coral reefs.

Feeding and Diet

It feeds on zooplankton in the midwater above the coral.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Yellow and Blueback Fusilier is a schooling species.

Classification

Species:
teres
Genus:
Caesio
Family:
Lutjanidae
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Carpenter, K. E. 1988. FAO species catalog. Vol. 8. Fusilier fishes of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of caesionid species known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. No. 125: i-iv + 1-75.


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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Yellow and Blueback Fusilier, Caesio teres, brilliant yellow, yellow tail, yellow upper back, yellow, blue, white underside, 30 cm - 1 m, Great Barrier Reef, tropical water, marine, coral reef,