English : Yellowback fusilier
French : Fusilier à dos jaune
Class : Teleostei
Order : Eupercaria i. s. (sometimes still Perciformes)
Family : Caesionidae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Adults can reach 40 cm in length. Elongated, laterally compressed body, tail has a V shape. Coloration metallic blue, clearer on belly, with all yellow tail peduncle and fins. Back entirely golden yellow from head to tail, to near half of flanks.
Range and habitat
The species is found in the Indian Ocean, from Red Sea and East Africa (but not Persian Gulf) to Andaman Islands and central Indonesia (Lesser Sundas). Lives in coastal areas, in deep lagoons and seaward reefs, to 50 meters.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species is exploited but mostly for fishing. It occurs in a wide variety of habitats and its breeding rate is quick, making the species resilient.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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