Size10.5 inches (26.6 cm)
- Coloration is a silvery blue with a yellow nape, back and tail. The rest of upper two-thirds of its body is bright blue, and the lower one-third is silvery white.
- Common length of 10.5 inches (26.6 cm), maximum length of 15.7 inches (40 cm).
The yellowback fusilier will form mixed schools with other species of fusiliers.
- Diet consists of zooplankton.
- Occurs in the Indo-Pacific from East Africa to the Line Islands. Does not occur in the Red Sea or the Arabian (Persian) Gulf.
- Found primarily around coral reefs with a preference for coralline lagoons at depths of 16-164 feet (5-50 m).
- Migrates to select areas around the reef to spawn near the surface in the entrances of deep channels during outgoing tides on a lunar cycle.
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- Forms schools with other species of fusiliers.
- Other species of sometimes form large aggregations that tend to group into smaller schools and travel toward the reef to attend cleaning stations.
- Also known as “blueback fusilier.”
- Reef Fish Identification – Tropical Pacific. Allen, G.; Steene, R.; Humann, P. and Deloach, N., pg.141