Species Index

Caesio caerulaurea
(Lacepede, 1801)

Common Name: Goldband Fusilier

Distribution: Seasonally common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park when water temperatures are at their highest. Recorded from the Indo-West Pacific region including the Red Sea and East Africa to Samoa, north to southern Japan, south to New Caledonia. On the east coast of Australia including the Great Barrier Reef south to at least the Solitary Islands.

Ecological Notes: Inhabits offshore areas around coral reefs, often in the company of other fusilier species. Depth range from surface to at least 50 m.

Additional Notes: Wide yellow stripe edged with blue, stripe continues as a dark stripe on upper lobe of caudal fin. Lower lobe also with dark stripe. Similar Pterocaesio tile has darker upper body. Schooling species, feeds on zooplankton in the water column. Juveniles sometimes used as bait in the tuna fishery. Oviparous with small pelagic eggs released into the water column. Grows to 35 cm. 

References: R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p160.

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