Caesionidae

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Fusiliers
Caesio teres and Caesio caerulaurea.jpg
Fusiliers at Great Barrier Reef
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Percoidei
Superfamily: Percoidea
Family: Caesionidae
Bonaparte, 1831
Genera[1]

Caesio
Dipterygonotus
Gymnocaesio
Pterocaesio

Synonyms

Caesioninae

The fusiliers are a family, Caesionidae, of fishes in the order Perciformes. The family includes about 23 species. They are related to the snappers, but adapted for feeding on plankton, rather than on larger prey. They are found at reefs in the Indo-Pacific.

They are cylindrical, streamlined fishes, of up to 60 cm (24 in), though most species only reach about half that length. Their upper jaws are extensible, and adapted for picking plankton.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Caesionidae" in FishBase. February 2013 version.
  2. ^ Johnson, G.D. & Gill, A.C. (1998). Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N., ed. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 184. ISBN 0-12-547665-5.