Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Caesionidae  
 Genus Pterocaesio  
  Pterocaesio tile  (Cuvier, 1830) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Caesio cylindricusCaesio multiradiatusCaesio tileCaesio tricolorClupeolabrus dubius  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)
Character: Body fusiform, elongate, and compressed. Two postmaxillary processes; small conical teeth in jaws, vomer, and palatines. Dorsal fin with XI or XII (rarely X) spines and 19 to 22 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 13 soft rays; pectoral fins with 22 to 24 rays. Scales in lateral line 69 to 76 (most frequently 71); upper peduncular scales usually 11 or 12, upper peduncular scales usually 15 or 16; scales above lateral line to origin of dorsal fin 7 or 8; scales below lateral line to origin of anal fin usually 16 or 17; usually 4 scales on cheek; predorsal scales usually 27 to 30; dorsal and anal fins scaly, the dorsal fin with about 1/2 of its greatest spinous height covered with scales. Center of scales above lateral line bluish green with black margins, giving a checkered pattern; lower third of body white to pinkish. Turns bright red along lower half of the body at night. 
Habitat: Ranges widely around coral reefs. A schooling fish, sometimes in groups with other caesionids. Feeds on zooplankton in midwater aggregations. 
Distribution: Widespread Indo-West Pacific from East Africa, not including the Red Sea or the Persian Gulf, to the Tuamotu Archipelago, as far north as southern Japan and south to Mauritius and the Austral Islands. Widely around coral reefs in Taiwan. 
Utility: Moderately important in smallscale fisheries. Marketed fresh and dried-salted. Important as tuna baitfish. 
Name Code: 382142
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