Threestripe Fusilier, Pterocaesio trilineata Carpenter 1987

Other Names: Striped Fusilier, Three-lined Fusilier, Three-stripe Fusilier, Three-striped Fusilier

Threestripe Fusiliers, Pterocaesio trilineata, at Kadavu, Fiji. Source: Paddy Ryan / License: All rights reserved

A slender brownish fusilier with three narrow pale blue stripes on the upper side, a silvery white underside, and dark caudal-fin tips.

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Threestripe Fusilier, Pterocaesio trilineata Carpenter 1987

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Scott Reef, Western Australia, and Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef , Queensland; also Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west-central Pacific.
Forms school on coastal, lagoon and seaward reefs, feeding on zooplankton in the water column.

Species Citation

Pterocaesio trilineata Carpenter 1987, Indo-Pacific Fishes 15: 43, pl. 4, fig. D, pl. 7, fig. 1. Type locality: Fiji Islands. 


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Threestripe Fusilier, Pterocaesio trilineata Carpenter 1987


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37346051

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:20 cm TL

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