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

Max. size: 21.0 cm TL

Color: Variable body coloration, dark red to silvery, paler ventrally with lateral line darker, often yellowish snout and eyes. Caudal fin tips distinctly black or reddish black.

4-5 scales on cheek, 21-29 predorsal scales, scaled dorsal and anal fins. Upper peduncular scale rows usually 11 (10-12), lower peduncular scale rows usually 15 (13-17). Ventrolateral surface of basioccipital with a broad process for attachment of Baudelot's ligament. Post maxillary with 2 processes, posterior end of maxilla tapered. Dorsal spines (total): 10 - 11, Dorsal soft rays (total): 14 - 16, Anal spines: 3, Anal soft rays: 11 - 13.

Dioecious, external fertilization, nonguarders, open water or substratum egg scatterers. Oviparous, with numerous, small pelagic eggs.

Synonym (s)
Caesio pisang Bleeker, 1853
Caesio pisang Bleeker, 1853
(Senior synonym)
Pterocaesio pisang (Bleeker, 1853)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Bleeker's Fusilier (English)
• Hudenmugurang (Mahl)
• Churaichala (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, used as bait in the tuna fishery.)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Zooplankton


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 00/01/1988-00/02/1988)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 00/01/1988-00/02/1988)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 00/01/1988-00/02/1988)

Literature Source(s)
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