English : Blue and gold fusilier
French : Fusilier bleu et or
Class : Teleostei
Order : Eupercaria i. s. (sometimes still Perciformes)
Family : Caesionidae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Adults can grow to 35 cm in length, although they are usually smaller. Elongated, laterally compressed body, tail has a V shape. Coloration metallic blue with black pectoral fin base, black bands on tail and large golden band on upper back.
Range and habitat
The species is found in the Indo-Pacific area, from Red Sea and East Africa (but not Persian Gulf) to Samoa, north to south Japan, south to north Australia. 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 harvested for trade and food. It occurs in a wide variety of habitats and its breeding rate is quick, making the species more resilient.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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