Caesio teres  Seale, 1906

Yellow and blueback fusilier
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Caesionidae (Fusiliers) > Caesioninae
Etymology: Caesio: Latin, caesius, bluish-grey, 1835; it is the same name given to the silvery metal (Cs) (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Seale.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 5 - 50 m (Ref. 30874).   Tropical; 30°N - 34°S, 28°E - 157°W (Ref. 402)

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 40.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 11228); common length : 26.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 37816)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 12 - 13. Tail fin and peduncle, and body above a diagonal from just anterior to origin of dorsal fin to ventral origin of caudal peduncle bright yellow (except in large ones in western Pacific, yellow does not extend as far as anteriorly); rest of upper 2/3 of body bright blue; lower third silvery white. Indonesian populations have yellow from origin of dorsal and most of the back to below lateral line over the posterior part and tail (Ref. 48635). 4-5 scales on cheek; 20-28 predorsal scales; scaled dorsal and anal fins; Supra-temporal band of scales interrupted at dorsal midline by a scaleless zone. Upper peduncular scale rows 11-13; lower peduncular scale rows usually 15 or 16 (14-17). A small process on each ventrolateral surface of basioccipital for attachment of Baudelot's ligament (Ref. 1723). Head length 2.6-3.6 in SL; body depth 2.7-4.2 in SL (Ref. 90102).

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Indo-West Pacific: East Africa to the Line Islands. Not occurring in the Red Sea or the Arabian (Persian) Gulf.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found primarily around coral reefs, with a preference for coralline lagoons. Feeds on zooplankton in large midwater groups. Forms schools with other caesionids. Migrates to select areas around the reef to spawn near the surface in the entrances of deep channels during outgoing tides on a lunar cycle. Oviparous, with numerous, small pelagic eggs (Ref. 402). Also caught with drive-in nets.

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Mass spawning of this species observed to occur only around sunset at or near full moon.

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Carpenter, K.E., 1987. Revision of the Indo-Pacific fish family Caesionidae (Lutjanoidea), with descriptions of five new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (15):56 p. (Ref. 1723)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: minor commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5020   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01072 (0.00461 - 0.02492), b=3.08 (2.88 - 3.28), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.45 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (21 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.