Caesio varilineata   Carpenter,  1987 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Field, R.

Size: 40 cm TL.

Color: Body blue dorsally, white to pale bluish ventrally. Tips of caudal lobes with a large black blotch.

Usually 4 rows of cheek scales; 21-26 predorsal scales; scaled dorsal and anal fins; Supra-temporal band of scales interrupted at dorsal midline by a V-shaped scaleless zone. Upper peduncular scale rows usually 11 (10-12); lower peduncular scale rows usually 15 (14-15). A small process on basioccipital for attachment of Baudelot's ligament, separated from condyle by a prominent concavity on ventral surface of basioccipital. Post maxillary process single; posterior end of maxilla blunt. Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14 - 16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 11 - 13.

Forms schools with other caesionids.

Oviparous, with numerous, small pelagic eggs.

Synonym (s)
Caesio caerulaureus (non Lacep├Ęde, 1801)
(misapplied name)
Caesio varilineatus Carpenter, 1987
(senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Variable-lined fusilier (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
(Juveniles used as tuna bait fish.)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Open Sea
Prey:  Feeds on zooplankton in midwater aggregations.


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Rajaram, R; Srinivasan, M; Khan, SA and Kannan, L (2004) Ichthyofaunal diversity of great Nicobar Island, Bay of Bengal Journal of Indian fisheries association 31 13-26 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Rajaram, R and Nedumaran, T (2009) Ichthyofaunal diversity in great Nicobar biosphere reserve, Bay of Bengal Journal of Threatened Taxa Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society 1(3) 166-169 Available at -

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