Caesio xanthonota (Bleeker, 1853)
Caesio xanthonota (Bleeker, 1853)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Caesio xanthonota

English Name: Yellowback fusilier

Creole Name:

French Name: Fusilier à dos jaune

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


 Dorsal spines: 10; Dorsal rays: 14-15; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 11-12.

Head and body yellow dorsally mid portion of flank blue and white below. Tail fin yellow. Pectoral fin axil black. At night the fish is mostly reddish.


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 40cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Reef associated, inhabits deep lagoons and seaward reefs (depth 0-50m). Lives in groups. Feeds on zooplankton in large midwater aggregations often with other caesionid species.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the mackerel net fishery, but is not a particularly abundant or common component of the catch.


Carpenter, K.E. et al. (2016). Caesio xanthonota. The IUCN Red List 2016: e.T20250214A65927053. (02/12/18).
Froese, R. & D. Pauly. Eds. (2018). FishBase (02/12/18)
Heemstra P & Heemstra, E. (2004). Coastal Fishes of Southern Africa. NISC SAIAB. ISBN: 1-920033-01-7.


Nevill, J.E.G. (2019). Caesio xanthonota, Yellowback fusilier. Seychelles Seatizens. (edited 20/06/22).

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