Neon Fusilier, Pterocaesio tile (Cuvier 1830)

Other Names: Blue-dash Fusilier, Bluestreak Fusilier, Darkbanded Fusilier, Dark-banded Fusilier

A Neon Fusilier, Pterocaesio tile, at Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Source: Ian V. Shaw / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A slender brownish fusilier with a white spot on each scale forming rows along the back, a pink to reddish lower part, a broad iridescent blue stripe from the snout to the caudal-fin base bordered above by a narrow black stripe running onto the upper caudal-fin lobe, and a black spot on the pectoral-fin base. Individuals can rapidly change colour, becoming reddish below with a shorter blue stripe.

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Neon Fusilier, Pterocaesio tile (Cuvier 1830)

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Rowley Shoals, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the far northern Great Barrier Reef and reefs in the Coral Sea to the Solitary Islands, New South Wales; also Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific, from East Africa to the Tuamoto Islands and Rapa in the central Pacific.
Forms schools in lagoons and on outer reefs slopes, feeding on zooplankton in the water column. 


Dorsal fin X-XII, 19-22; Anal fin III, 13; Pectoral fin 22-24; Lateral-line scales 69-76.


Heavily fished in parts of its range resulting in severe population declines.

Species Citation

Caesio tile Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1830, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons Vol. 6: 428. Type data: Caroline Islands.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Neon Fusilier, Pterocaesio tile (Cuvier 1830)


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CAAB Code:37346063

Behaviour:30 cm TL

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-60 m

Habitat:Reef associated

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