Latin name

Pterocaesio tile

Other names

Dark-banded fusilier, blue-streak fusilier, bluedash fusilier, neon fusilier.


Body elongated, spindle-shaped, somewhat compressed laterally. Two postmaxillary processes. Mouth small, terminal, retractable. Small conical teeth on both jaws, scopa and mouth palate. There are 69-76 scales on the lateral line. 

Features of fish fins

The dorsal fin has 11-13 (rarely 10) barb rays and 19-22 soft rays. The anal fin has 3 barb rays and 13 soft rays. The dorsal and anal fins are covered with scales. The barbed portion of the dorsal fin is covered with scales for half of its greatest height. Pectoral fins have 22-24 soft rays. The caudal fin is bifurcated. 

Fish colouring

Scales above the lateral line with a bluish-green center and black edges, giving the appearance of a checkerboard pattern. Along the lateral line is a black stripe one row of scales wide (on the caudal trunk this stripe is above the lateral line). Below the black stripe is a shiny light blue zone, usually occupying the middle third of the body, but sometimes the zone is confined to the anterior part of the body, and sometimes it is absent. The lower part of the body is white and pinkish. The pectoral, pelvic, and anal fins are white to pinkish. The sinus and upper part of the base of the pectoral fins are black. Dorsal fin is pale bluish-green to pinkish. Each caudal fin blade has a black stripe; the upper stripe extends to the lateral stripe.


Widespread in tropical and subtropical Indo-Pacific waters from the east coast of Africa and Mauritius (absent from the Persian Gulf and Red Sea) to the Tuamotus; north to southern Japan and south to Australia.


Marine pelagic fish. They live near coral reefs at depths from one to 60 meters.


Forms large aggregations, often with other species of Caesionidae. Do not migrate. Juveniles sometimes appear in large numbers in shallow lagoons and reef shoals.

Food and feeding habits

Feeds on zooplankton in the water column.


Maximum body length 30 centimeters, usually up to 21 centimeters.


Egg-laying fish with numerous small pelagic eggs.


This species is of commercial interest to fishermen. It is caught with nets.

Relationship with a person

Dark banded fusiliers are not dangerous to humans. They are a food fish.

Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Squad Perciformes
Family Caesionidae
Genus Pterocaesio
Species P. tile
Conservation status Least Concern
Habitat Pelagic
Life span, years No information
Maximum body weight, kg No information
Maximum length, cm 30
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Edible
Way of eating Planktonophage

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Dark-banded fusilier

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