Gymnocaesio gymnopterus [Status Unaccepted]   (Bleeker,  1856) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 16.1 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens dark brown above, silvery below, each scale of upper part with a large lilac spot. Fins yellowish. Axil of pectoral black.

Height 5-5.5, 6-6.6 in length with caudal. Head 3.7-4, 4.4-4.7 in length with caudal. Eye 3.3-3.4, somewhat more than snout and about equal to slightly convex inter orbital space. Mouth oblique, maxillary reaching to below front border of eye. Supra temporal band of scales about 4 scales deep and 11 scales long. Third dorsal spine equal to post orbital part of head and half eye together. Second and third anal spine sub equal, somewhat more than snout. Pectorals equal to head without snout. Origin of ventrals equidistant from tip of snout and origin of anal. Ventrals equal to post orbital part of head.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Caesio gymnopterus Bleeker 1856
Smaris gymnopterus Bleeker 1873
Gymnocaesio gymnopterus Bleeker 1877

Common Name (s)
• Slender Fusilier
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Used as bait in the tuna fishery)



• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 01/1988-02/1988)
• Lakshadweep, Perumul Par INDIA (Record: 01/1988-02/1988)

Literature Source(s)
  • Pillai, PP; Gopakumar, G and Said Koya, KP (2002) Spatial distribution pattern and biology of tuna live-bait fishes in Lakshadweep Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 44(1 & 2) 231-236 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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