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  Yellow and Blueback Fusilier (Caesio teres)





Yellow and Blueback Fusilier | Caesio teres photo
Yellow and Blueback Fusiliers (Caesio teres) and Double-lined Fusiliers (Pterocaesio digramma). Pixie Garden, Ribbon Reefs, Great Barrier Reef

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FISH FACTS

Description
The Yellow and Blueback Fusilier is bright blue above with white underside. The tail and the upper back (from just before start of dorsal fin) are bright yellow. The pectoral, pelvic and anal fins are white. There is a black patch at the base of the pectoral fin.

Size
length to 40cm

Habitat
Found around coral reefs, coral lagoons at depths from 5m to 50m. It forms large schools.

Food
Feeds in large groups on zooplankton above the coral

Breeding
Oviparous. Lays numerous, small pelagic eggs. Migrates to selected areas around the reef to spawn in the entrances of deep channels during outgoing tides.

Range
The Yellow and Blueback Fusilier is found throughout the Indo-west and central Pacific. In Australia it is known found around north-western coast of Western Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Lutjanidae
Genus:Caesio
Species:teres
Common Name:Yellow and Blueback Fusilier