Caesio erythrogaster [Status Unaccepted]   Cuvier,  1830 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Government of India

Size: 35.5 cm.

Color: Upper part and sides of head, and anterior part of back metallic violet-blue, posterior part of back metallic greenish-yellow. Underparts silvery, with a violet hue and whashed with pink at isthmus and above anal. Scaleless parts of head shining greenish. Dorsal reddish in front, otherwise yellow, with a narrow black outer margin. Caudal yellow. Anal, ventrals and pectorals pinkish. Axil of pectorals black. Iris red.

Upper and lower profile evenly arched. Profile of head sloping down steeply, in a slightly concave line, from above eye to snout. Height 2.3-2.4, 3-3.2 in length with caudal. In specimens below 200 mm.: 2.6-2.7, 3.5-3.6 in length with caudal. Head 3.1-3.5, 4-4.6 in length with caudal. Eye 3.4-4.5, about equal to snout. Inter orbital space very convex, almost keeled. Mouth very oblique. Maxillary truncate behind, reaching to below front border of eye. Teeth in upper jaw in a few rows, the outer one enlarged. In the lower jaw an outer row of enlarged ones, with two caninoids at symphysis and a few rows of smaller teeth, not continued laterally. A row of minute teeth on vomer and on palatines. Snout and region round eye naked. A sharply defined scaly band, about 5 scales deep and 10 scales long, beginning in supra-temporal region and running forwards upwards to dorsal profile, where it joins that of the other side. Behind this band and separated from it by a narrow scaleless inter space about 21 rows of scales to base of dorsal. Temporal region naked. Opercular region scaly, with exception of the posterior and inferior preopercular limb. Origin of dorsal above that of ventrals. First dorsal spine minute, fourth longest, about equal to post orbital part of head. Dorsal gradually decreasing in height posteriorly, last soft ray about as long as snout. Origin of anal below third dorsal ray. First anal spine minute, second and third sub equal, about as long as snout, last anal ray not much shorter. Pectorals long and pointed, more than one diameter of eye longer than head. Origin of ventrals at equal distance from corner of mouth and origin of anal, about as long as head without snout. Caudal deeply forked, the lobes pointed. Least height of caudal peduncle 1.3 in its length, equal to snout and half eye together.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Sparus cuning Bloch 1791
Cychla cuning Bloch and Schneider 1801
Caesio erythrogaster Cuvier and Valenciennes 1830
Caesio cuning Cuvier and Valenciennes
Caesio erythrogaster Bleeker 1850
Odontonectes erythrogaster Gunther 1859
Caesio erythropterus Bleeker 1859
Caesio erythrogaster Kner 1865
Caesio cuning Day 1888
Caesio erythrogaster Bleeker 1877
Caesio erythrogaster Klunzinger 1880
Caesio erythrochilurus Fowler 1904
Caesio cuning Evermann and Seale 1906
Caesio lunaris Fowler 1927
Caesio cuning Fowler 1928
Caesio erythrogaster McCulloch 1929
Caesio cuning Fowler 1931

Common Name (s)
• Yellowtail Fusilier (English)
• Cul Kilichi (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, bait fish)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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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