Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Caesionidae  
 Genus Pterocaesio  
  Pterocaesio pisang  (Bleeker, 1853) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Citation: Koeda & Ho (2018) The northernmost record of the Banana fusilier Pterocaesio pisang (Perciformes: Caesionidae). Platax, 15:37-43.
Character: Body fusiform, elongate, and moderately compressed. Two postmaxillary processes; small conical teeth in jaws, vomer, and palatines. Dorsal fin with X (rarely XI) spines and 15 (rarely 14 or 16) soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 12 (rarely 11 or 13) soft rays; pectoral fins with 18 to 20 rays. Scales in lateral line usually 63 to 71; upper peduncular scales usually 11, lower peduncular scales usually 15; scales above lateral line to origin of dorsal fin 8 to 10; scales below lateral line to origin of anal fin usually 14 or 15; usually 4 scale rows on cheek; predorsal scales usually 23 to 26; dorsal and anal fins scaly, dorsal fin with about 1/2 of its greatest spinous height covered with scales. Body coloration variable, dark red to silvery, paler ventrally; lateral line darker than background coloration; no stripes or bands on side; snout often yellowish; axil of pectoral fins black; tips of caudal-fin lobes dark red to black. 
Habitat: Ranges widely around coral reefs, sometimes forming schools with other Pterocaesio species. Feeds on zooplankton in midwater aggregations. 
Distribution: Widespread Indo-West Pacific from East Africa, not including the Red Sea or the Persian Gulf, and eastward to Fiji. It is very rare and only found in southern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: Marketed fresh and sometimes as dried salted. An important tuna baitfish. 
Name Code: 382140
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