Pterocaesio pisang

Banana fusilier | Bananafish
Pterocaesio pisang
Pterocaesio pisang, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Pterocaesio pisang
Pterocaesio pisang, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Pterocaesio pisang
Pterocaesio pisang, Naigani Is, Fiji, Photo: Andrew Green
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Pterocaesio pisang
Pterocaesio pisang
Pterocaesio pisang


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Yellowish snout and upper eye, greyish-blue upper body grading to pink below, dark red tail tips and dark lateral line. Like most other fusiliers, pink colouration turns to bright red at night. Often schools with other fusiliers.


Max Size: 21 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 26.6-31.4°C

Depth: 1-100m

Habitat Generalization Index: 2.63

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Frequent (16.4% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Large aggregations (205 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland