Yellowtail Fusilier

Caesio cuning
32.3 cm FL

Characteristic features:

  • 1 postmaxillary process
  • Usually 11 anal-fin soft rays
  • 45–51 lateral-line scales
  • Body deep


Greyish blue with yellow caudal fin and upper back, lower sides and head pinkish with yellow markings.


Up to 50 cm TL.


East Indian and West Pacific in tropical waters.

No FAO distribution map available.


Rocky and coral reefs, from the surface to at least 30 m depth.


Feeds on zooplankton. A schooling species which is highly mobile. In waters of Makassar, Indonesia, first maturity of females and males was observed at an average size of 25.7 and 27.3 cm FL respectively (Dahlan 2018). Yellowtail fusilier are multiple spawners that spawn throughout most of the year with resting periods in May and December (Susilo 2008). 3 peak spawning seasons have been identified; June-July, October-November and February-March. Spawning is thought to occur in response to seasonal changes, with the monsoon changing from rainy to dry (Susilo 2008). Maximum age is unknown for this species.



Similar species:

Scomberomorus spp.
Seer fish
Scomberomorus spp. differs in having a shorter snout, a deeply forked caudal fin (vs. double emarginate); 1 – 8 gill rakers on upper and lower lobes of first gill arch (vs. none) and 13 – 22 first dorsal-fin spines (vs. 23 – 27 spines).
Scomberomorus commerson


Grammatorcynus bilineatus
Double-lined mackerel

Grammatorcynus bilineatus

Grammatorcynus bilineatus differs in having 2 lateral lines (vs. a single lateral line).

Internal links:

Acanthocybium solandri market gallery

External links:

The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM