Caesio cuning   (Bloch,  1791) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max. size: 50 cm

Color: No particular markings on sides or caudal fin; upper portion of head bluish, most of black, caudal peduncle and caudal fin yellow; belly reddish; anal, pelvic and pectoral fins pinkish, dorsal fin yellow with a black margin.

A fairly deep-bodied, fusiform, compressed fish with an oblique, small mouth and a deeply forked caudal fin. Eye is moderately large. Dorsal fin with 10 slender, weak spines and 15 soft rays; anal fin with 3 slender, weak spines and 11 soft rays.Dorsal region of body from tip of snout to anterior spinous portion of dorsal fin greyish yellow, mid-lateral portion of body pale-white; caudal fin yellow, lacking
prominent blackish markings; ventral region of body from cheeks to lower portion of caudal peduncle, pectoral, pelvic and anal fins light pink. Supra-temporal band of scales of either side confluent at dorsal midline ; dorsal fin with ten spines and 15 soft rays, its spinous portion covered with scales up to half its greatest height; anal fin with three spines and 11 soft rays, covered with scales; about 4–5 scale rows on cheek; 48–51 scales in lateral line.

Synonym (s)
Sparus cuning Bloch, 1791
Cichla cuning Schneider, 1801
Caesio erythrochilurus Fowler, 1904
Caesio cunning (Bloch, 1791)
Caesio erythrogaster Cuvier, 1830

Common Name (s)
• Red Belly Yellowtail Fusilier (English)
• Redbelly Fusilier
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Goa, Mandovi and Zuari Estuary (Lat: 15.48) (Long: 73.66) INDIA (Record: 2005-2008) (Depth: 20m mts)
• Goa, Mandovi and Zuari Estuary (Lat: 15.56) (Long: 73.85) INDIA (Record: 2005-2008) (Depth: 20m mts)
• Goa, Betim (Lat: 50.50) (Long: 73.83) INDIA (Record: 2005)
• Goa, Mormugao Port (Lat: 15.40) (Long: 73.81) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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