Caesio tile   Cuvier,  1830 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 22.1 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens dark chocolate brown above, silvery below, the two areas sharply separated by a blackish band, beginning at lower side of supra-temporal band of scales on the head, running along lateral line to the caudal, where it is continued as a dark median stripe on the upper lobe of that fin, which is light yellowish. A similar band on lower lobe, so that the fin is bordered above, below and behind with light yellowish. Immediately below the dark longitudinal band a broad metallic-blue longitudinal band, beginning on head and ending near base of caudal, sharply defined from the dark band above and gradually merging into the silvery sides below. Dorsal brownish at base, other fins yellowish. Axil of pectorals and a blotch at upper part of base of pectorals black.

Fusiform, dorsal and anal profile evenly convex from snout to caudal. Height 3.4, 4.3 in length with caudal. Head 3.6, 4.5 in length with caudal. Eye 3.7, equal to snout and somewhat less than convex inter orbital space. Mouth somewhat oblique. Maxillary reaching to below front border of eye. Teeth in the upper jaw in two rows, the outer row consisting of moderate, conical teeth, the inner row of minute teeth. In the lower jaw a single row of teeth and a few teeth behind this row near symphysis. Palate edentulous. Supra-temporal band of teeth 11 scales long, 3 scales deep laterally, 4 or 5 scales deep where it is confluent with that of the other side. Origin of dorsal slightly behind that of ventrals. First dorsal spine minute, third longest and equal to post orbital part of head and half eye together. Dorsal gradually decreasing in length posteriorly, last soft ray rather more than eye. Origin of anal opposite to third or fourth soft dorsal ray. First anal spine small, second and third sub equal, somewhat longer than eye, last soft anal ray not much shorter. Pectorals pointed, longer than head. Ventrals equal to post orbital part of head and three fourths of eye, their origin almost at equal distance between tip of snout and origin of anal. Caudal deeply forked, the lobes pointed. Least height of caudal peduncle 1.4 in its length, slightly more than eye.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Caesio multiradiatus Steindachner, 1861
Caesio tile Gunther, 1875
Pterocaesio multiradiatus Bleeker, 1876
Caesio tile Jordan and Evermann, 1902
Pterocaesio tile Jordan and Seale, 1906
Pterocaesio multiradiatus Fowler and Bean, 1922
Caesio tile Chabanaud, 1925
Caesio tile Fowler, 1928
Pterocaesio tile Fowler, 1931
Caesio tile Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1830
Pterocaesio tile Smith and Smith, 1963

Common Name (s)
• Rymugurang
• Churaichala
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Bait fish)



• Lakshadweep (Lat: 8) (Long: 75) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Island (Lat: 8.11) (Long: 73.3) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Leatherwood, S and Reeves, RR (1990) The bottlenose dolphin Academic press, San Diego 653 pp
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1936) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 7 607 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1959) The fishing industry of Minicoy Island with special reference to the tuna fishery Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Council of Agricultural Research 6 (1) 30-57 Available at -
  • Silas, EG and Pillai, PP (1982) Bait fishes Resources of tunas and related species and their fisheries in the Indian Ocean, CMFRI Bulletin, 32 CMFRI 32 136-140 Available at -

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