Pterocaesio tile

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Pterocaesio tile
Pterocaesio tile, Aceh, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Pterocaesio tile, Red Phase, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Pterocaesio tile, (Night Phase) Indonesia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Pterocaesio tile, Coral Sea, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
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Pterocaesio tile
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Pterocaesio tile


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Broad iridescent blue stripe from snout to either mid body or tail with thin dark yellow/brown stripe above from tail base to behind gill cover. Black stripes along upper and lower tail lobes, dark crosshatched scale pattern on upper body, pinkish belly and a black spot at pectoral fin base. Belly and entire body below lateral line can rapidly to red, usually in this form at night but sometimes seen during daylight hours.


Max Size: 30 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.4-31.3°C

Depth: 1-60m

Habitat Generalization Index: 15.82

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 (15.6% 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 (107 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