Lunar Fusilier (species: Caesio lunaris) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Caesio lunaris
Lunar Fusilier

©Anne Hoggett: Adult Caesio lunaris at Reef 14-140 (Wedge Reef), an outer reef near Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Caesio lunaris at the outer reef near Lizard Island

©Renato Morais: Juvenile Caesio lunaris at North Point, Lizard Island. Young individuals have yellow tails with black tips.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Caesionidae
Genus Caesio
Species Caesio lunaris



Distinguishing features

A schooling fish that appears silver/blue or distinctly blue depending on light, with a distinct black tip on each tail lobe. No other body markings. Juveniles have yellow tails with black tips.


  • Up to 40 cm (Length) - applies to Max length according to Allen et al (2003)
  • Up to 30 cm (Length) - applies to Estimate of size commonly seen in Lizard Island area

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island Group: Apparently absent
  • Outer reefs near Lizard Island: Schools frequently seen on outer reef drop-offs

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.