Ruddy Fusilier (species: Pterocaesio pisang) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pterocaesio pisang
Ruddy Fusilier

©Erik Schlogl: Pterocaesio pisang from the south end of Ribbon Reef 10 near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Caesionidae
Genus Pterocaesio
Species Pterocaesio pisang



Distinguishing features

Differs from other Pterocaesio in this area by having no stripes or other markings on the sides other than the thin, straight lateral line. Colour is variable, silvery but can be blueish to reddish. Tail tips reddish to black. Form aggregations and mix with other fusiliers.


  • Up to 21 cm (Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • Up to 30 m (Allen et al, 2003)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

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.