Banana Fusilier, Pterocaesio pisang (Bleeker, 1853)
The Banana Fusilier looks similar to the Goldband Fusilier Pterocaesio chrysozona. The easiest way to tell them apart is the presence of a yellow stripe along the side of the body of the Goldband Fusilier.
The Banana Fusilier is a small tropical species is usually seen in schools near coral reefs. The species name 'pisang' is Indonesian for 'banana', hence the standard name.
The Banana Fusilier is slender fish with small scales and a strongly forked caudal fin. The body is dull pinkish or greenish-blue and the caudal fin has reddish tips. There are no stripes along the sides of the body.
Banana Fusiliers usually occurs near coral reefs in tropical marine waters.
Very few specimens of this species are registered in Australian museums, and little is known of its distributional range in Australian waters. The species occurs in the Indo-West Pacific.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Other behaviours and adaptations
The Banana Fusilier is a schooling species.
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