Mottled Fusilier, Dipterygonotus balteatus (Valenciennes 1830)

A Mottled Fusilier, Dipterygonotus balteatus, in Okinawa, Japan, August 2008. Source: Let's do it / WEB fish picture book ( License: CC BY Attribution

A small slender silvery fusilier with a brownish to bronze back, a silvery stripe along the side from the upper gill cover to the caudal-fin base, and 3-4 pale wavy narrow stripes on the back.

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Mottled Fusilier, Dipterygonotus balteatus (Valenciennes 1830)

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North of Port Hedland, Western Australia, around the tropical north to off Hat Head, New South Wale, including off reefs in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific. Adults are mostly pelagic over the continental shelf relatively far from reefs. They may form schools with sardines, anchovies and other nearshore pelagic species. Juveniles regularly occur around reefs.


Heavily fished and taken as bycatch along with sardines and anchovies in parts of its range.

Species Citation

Smaris balteatus Valenciennes  in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1830, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons Vol. 6: 434. Type locality: Sri Lanka (as Ceylon).


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Mottled Fusilier, Dipterygonotus balteatus (Valenciennes 1830)


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CAAB Code:37346013

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-90 m

Habitat:Pelagic inshore; juvs reef asociated

Max Size:14 cm TL

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