Yellowband Fusilier, Pterocaesio chrysozona (Cuvier 1830)

Other Names: Goldband Fusilier, Yellow-band Fusilier

A Yellowband Fusilier, Pterocaesio chrysozona, in the Gulf of Oman. Source: Teresa Zubi / License: All rights reserved

A light blue to brownish fusilier fading to pinkish or white below, with a broad yellow stripe along the sides just under the lateral line. Yellowband Fusiliers form large feeding aggregations above the reef.

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Yellowband Fusilier, Pterocaesio chrysozona (Cuvier 1830)

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Recorded in Australia from the Dampier Archipelago, WA, to Sydney, NSW. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the tropical Indo-west Pacific, from the Red Sea and East Africa to eastern Australia.


Meristic Features: Dorsal fin X-XI, 14-16; Anal fin III, 11-13; Cheek scales 4-5; Predorsal scales 21-27; Upper peduncular scale rows 11-13; Lower peduncular scale rows  14-17. 
Head length 3.0-3.5 in SL; body depth 3.3-4.6 in SL; ventrolateral surface of basioccipital with a broad process for insertion of Baudelot's ligament; post maxillary with 2 processes; posterior end of maxilla tapered. Small conical teeth in jaws, vomer and palatines. Dorsal and anal fins with scaled bases.


Carnivore - feeds on zooplankton in the midwater above the reef.

Species Citation

Caesio chrysozona Cuvier, 1830, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 6: 440. Type locality: Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray

Yellowband Fusilier, Pterocaesio chrysozona (Cuvier 1830)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37346009

Depth:2-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:21 cm TL

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