Caesio chrysozona   Cuvier,  1830 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 24 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens reddish-brown or bluish above, silvery below. A light band from upper margin of eye to base of caudal, running immediately below lateral line on body and immediately above it on tail. Dorsal anal and caudal with a reddish brown hue, tips of caudal black. Pectorals and ventrals yellowish.

Elongate. Dorsal and ventral profile gently curved from snout to tail. Height 3.4-3.7, 4.3-4.7 in length with caudal. Head 3.1-3.6, 4-4.6in length with caudal. Eye 3.5-4, equal to or somewhat more than snout and 1.2 in convex inter orbital space. Mouth oblique, maxillary reaching to below front border of eye or somewhat further back. One row of teeth in sides of upper jaw, in the lower jaw two or three rows of very small teeth in its anterior part, one row laterally. No teeth on palate. In older specimens only a few teeth remain. Supra-temporal bands of scales about 9 scales long, 3-5 scales deep, confluent in the middle. Origin of dorsal behind base of pectorals. First dorsal spine minute, third longest, equal to post orbital part of head or somewhat shorter, last dorsal ray slightly less than eye, the height of the fin gradually decreasing posteriorly. First anal spine minute, second and third sub equal, slightly less than eye, last ray about equal to half diameter of eye. Pectorals pointed, slightly less than head. Ventrals equal to post-orbital part of head, their origin at equal distance between origin of anal and front border of eye. Caudal deeply forked, the lobes pointed. Least height of caudal peduncle 1.5 in its length, equal to eye.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Caesio chrysozonus Munro, 1955
Caesio striatus Bleeker, 1845
Caesio chrysozona Bleeker, 1850
Caesio chrysozona Gunther, 1859
Caesio chrysozona Kner, 1865
Pristipomoides aurolineatus Day, 1867
Caesio chrysozona var. aurolineatus Day, 1888
Caesio chrysozona Bleeker, 1877
Caesio chrysozona Macleay, 1883
Caesio chrysozona Snyder, 1912
Caesio chrysozona Ogilby, 1916
Caesio coerulaureus Fowler and Bean, 1922
Caesio chrysozona Jordan and Hubbs, 1925
Caesio chrysozona McCulloch, 1920
Caesio chrysozonus Fowler, 1931
Caesio chrysosoma aurolineatus Borodin, 1932
Caesio chrysozona Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1830
Caesio chrysozona var. aurolineatus Day, 1878
Pterocaesio chrysozona Smith and Smith, 1963

Common Name (s)
• Mugurang
• Furrua
• Churaichala
• Golden Band Fusilier (English)
• Peroom Kilche (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky


• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Perumal Par INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Tinnakara INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Parli INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Cheriyam INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Thilakkam INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Suheli Par INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • 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
  • 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
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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 -
  • Varghese, G and Shanmugham, P (1983) The status of tuna fishery in Agatti island in Lakshadweep Journal of marine biological association of India The marine biological association of india 25(1&2) 190-201 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Proceeding of the national conference on tunas (1989) Present status of tuna fisheries of Lakshadweep Available at -

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