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 dep lagoons and sea ward 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 of Threatened Species 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.


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