Caesio coerulaureus   Lacepede,  1801 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Color: Bluish brown above, pale silvery below with a wide yellowish longitudinal band on sides just above lateral line. In very large specimens 4 or 5 pale yellowish bands present in some in addition to the above. Dorsal grayish, margin little darker. Other fins yellowish. Each caudal lobe with a broad blackish median band. Axil of pectoral blackish, upper edge of base with a triangular black mark.

Head 3.0-3.4 in standard length, 3.8-4.3 in total length. Depth of body 3.4-3.8 in standard length, 4.3-4.7 in total length. Eye diameter 3.4-4.8 in head, 1.0-1.3 in snout and 1.0-1.4 in interorbital space. Maxillary reaching below front border of eye. A single series of conical teeth in jaws with a few smaller teeth in an inner row at symphysis. Supratemporal band of scales 3 scales wide and 10-12 scales long almost confluent with that of the other side. First dorsal spine minute, third and fourth spines subequal, equal to or slightly longer than snout and eye. Pectoral fin half length of snout shorter than head, ventral fins as long as or slightly longer than postorbital length of head.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: X, 14-15; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 12; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 19-20; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 65-73; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 7+1+16.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Caesio coerulaureus Lacepede, 1802
Caesio caerulaureus Smith, 1949

Common Name (s)
• Kekkurimugurang
• Furrua
• Churaichala
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Perumal Par INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Parli INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Tinnakara INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Island (Lat: 8.11) (Long: 73.3) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Kumaran, M; Pillai, PP; Mohan, RSL; Murty, VS and Gopakumar, G (1989) Live-bait resources and development Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 39-45 Available at -
  • 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 -

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