English : Redbelly yellowtail fusilier
French : Fusilier à ventre rouge
Class : Teleostei
Order : Eupercaria i. s. (sometimes still Perciformes)
Family : Caesionidae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Adults can grow to 60 cm. When adult, body is quite deep, making it distinct from other fusilier species. Coloration is blue with yellow tail and up to half of back yellow when younger. Adults have red tinge on belly. Brighter blue on face.
Range and habitat
The species is found in the Indo-Pacific area, from India and Sri Lanka to north Japan, south Australia and eastwards to New Caledonia. Lives in coastal areas, in coral reefs and mangroves, down to 60 meters.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species has a large range and is locally considered abundant. It may be declining in some areas because of over-harvesting.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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