Caesio pisang   Bleeker,  1853 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 15 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens reddish or violet above, silvery below. Each scale of the back with a bluish pearly spot, the spots forming more or less distinct longitudinal stripes. Fins yellowish, tips of caudal black.

Elongate, fusiform. Height 3.9-4.1, 4.8-4.9 in length with caudal. Head 3.3-3.6, 4.1-4.4 in length with caudal. Eye 3-3.1, somewhat more than snout and equal to convex inter orbital space. Mouth oblique, slightly protractile. Maxillary rounded behind, reaching to below front border of eye. Teeth in jaws conical, in a single series. No teeth on palate. Supra-temporal band of scales 3 or 4 scales deep, and about 7 scales long, those of both sides confluent in th middle, separated by a very narrow scaleless inter space from the 20 rows of scales behind it to origin of dorsal. Origin of dorsal slightly behind that of ventrals. First dorsal spine minute, fourth and fifth longest, equal to post orbital part of head. Dorsal decreasing in height posteriorly, last dorsal rays shorter than eye. Origin of anal below third dorsal ray. First anal spine minute, second and third sub equal, longer than diameter of eye, last anal rays shorter than eye. Pectorals somewhat shorter than head. Ventrals at equal distance from corner of mouth and origin of anal, equal to post orbital part of head and half eye together. Caudal deeply forked, the lobes pointed. Least height of caudal peduncle 1.5 to almost twice in its length, equal to eye.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Caesio pisang Bleeker, 1877
Caesio pisang Gunther, 1859
Caesio pisang Fowler and Bean, 1922
Caesio pisang Fowler, 1931
Caesio pisang Bleeker, 1853
Pterocaesio pisang Smith and Smith, 1963

Common Name (s)
• Hudenmugurang
• Churaichala
• Bleeker's Fusilier (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial



• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Perumal Par INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt 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, Suheli Par INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)

Literature Source(s)
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