Pterocaesio trilineata Carpenter, 1987
Three-stripe fusilier
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Caesionidae (Fusiliers), subfamily: Caesioninae
Max. size:  20 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 30 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 11-12. Body silvery bluish, dorsal side horizontal stripes thick brown and thin light blue alternating (Ref. 90102), ventral whitish. 4-5 cheek scales; 20-30 predorsal scales; supra temporal scale band confluent at dorsal midline; scaled dorsal and anal fins. Postmaxillary processes 2; posterior end of maxilla tapered. Upper peduncular scale rows usually 11 (11-12); lower peduncular scale rows usually 15 (14-17). Process on basioccipital flat for insertion of Baudelot's ligament (Ref. 1723). Head length 2.8-3.9 in SL; body depth 3.3-4.9 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Ranges widely around coral reefs. Feeds on zooplankton in midwater aggregations. Oviparous, with numerous, small pelagic eggs (Ref. 402).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 March 2015 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 10.11.90
Modified by: Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz - 10.04.13
Checked by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 25.06.93

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