Yellowback Fusilier, Caesio xanthonotus Bleeker 1853

A Yellowback Fusilier, Caesio xanthonotus, in the Maldives. Source: Jim Greenfield / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A blue fusilier with a bright yellow back, blue sides and a silvery-white underside.

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Yellowback Fusilier, Caesio xanthonotus Bleeker 1853

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Occurs at the Australian territories of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. The species is found elsewhere in the Indian Ocean from East Africa (not including the Red Sea or the Arabian/Persian Gulf) to Indonesia.


Overall blue, except yellow on back, and silvery on the underside.


Caesio xanthonotus Bleeker, 1853, Natuurkd. Tijdschr. Neder. Indië 4: 466. Type locality: Jakarta, Java, Indonesia (as Batavia).


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Yellowback Fusilier, Caesio xanthonotus Bleeker 1853


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Allen, G.R. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1994. Fishes of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin 412: 1-21.

Bleeker, P. 1853. Diagnostische beschrijvingen van nieuwe of weinig bekende vischsoorten van Batavia. Tiental I–VI. Natuurwetenschappelijk Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 4: 451-516.

Carpenter, K.E. 1987. Revision of the Indo-Pacific fish family Caesionidae (Lutjanoidea), with descriptions of five new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes 15: 1-56 figs 1-10, pls 1-7

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Carpenter, K.E. 2001. Caesionidae. pp. 2919-2941 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp.

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CAAB Code:37346074

Depth:0-50 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:40 cm TL

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