Paracaesio gonzalesi Fourmanoir & Rivaton 1979

Other Names: Vanuatu Snapper

Pterocaesio gonzales, from Purchased from Toril Public Market, Davao City, Philippines. Source: Jeffrey T. Williams / Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A large species of Paracaesio, with a pale brown body above becoming silvery white below, with a yellowish diagonal band from the beginning of the lateral line to the last dorsal-fin spine, yellow on the outer dorsal-fin rays and lower caudal-fin lobe.

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Paracaesio gonzalesi Fourmanoir & Rivaton 1979

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Recorded in Australia from off Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Found elsewhere in the Western Central Pacific - from Fiji, Vanuatu, the Philippines, and Tuvalu. Occurs over deep rocky reefs.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin X, 9-10; Anal fin III, 8. 

Eye large, snout short, about equal to, or shorter than eye diameter. Interorbital space convex. Lower jaw protruding slightly. Scales absent from dorsal and anal fins. Pectoral fins elongate, reaching to level of anus. 


Pale brown above becoming silvery white below with a yellow diagonal band running from the beginning of the lateral line to the last dorsal-fin spine.


Of minor commercial importance in parts of its range.

Species Citation

Paracaesio gonzalesi Fourmanoir & Rivaton, 1979, Cahiers de l'Indo-Pacifique 1(4): 429, figs. 18-19. Type locality: Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippines.


Dianne J. Bray

Paracaesio gonzalesi Fourmanoir & Rivaton 1979


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CAAB Code:37346069

Depth:90-250 m

Habitat:Over deep reefs

Max Size:42 cm SL

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