Fun Yellowtail Fusilier Facts For Kids

Abhijeet Modi
Oct 20, 2022 By Abhijeet Modi
Originally Published on Aug 06, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
Fact-checked by Sonali Rawat
Yellowtail fusilier facts explain that it is native to Australia.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 5.4 Min

Yellow fusiliers are a species of fish that are very beautiful when seen together. Yellow fusiliers are a species of pelagic marine fish that belongs to the family of Caesionidae.

The color of the body of the yellowtail fusilier (caesio cuning) is blue and there is yellow on the back. The mouth of the yellowtail fusilier is small and terminal.

They are medium in size and are found deep in the water. The body of the yellowtail fusilier is shaped like a spindle and the caudal fin is forked.

Yellowtail fusiliers are spread through a wide region in different parts of the world. The conservation status of the yellowtail fusilier (Caesio cuning) is that of least concern across their habitat in the Indo-Pacific regions of Australia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Yellowtail fusiliers are diurnal and prefer to live in groups. Caesio cuning's alternative names are red-bellied fusilier, redbelly yellowtail fusilier, and red-bellied fusilier.

Here are some of the most interesting facts about the yellowtail fusilier (caesio cuning) for your perusal. Afterward, do check our other articles on dusky rockfish facts and dusky jawfish facts as well.

Yellowtail Fusilier Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a yellowtail fusilier?

The yellowtail fusilier, Caesio cuning, is a type of fusilier fish that is shaped like a spindle and is medium in size as compared to the other species. Yellowtail fusiliers also feed on zooplankton and are found in different parts of the world in the tropical waters.

What class of animal does a yellowtail fusilier belong to?

The yellowtail fusilier is a fish that belongs to the class Caesionidae and phylum Chordata. They are related to snappers, like the lane snappers, and also feed on plankton and are found in the regions across the Indo-Pacific.

How many yellowtail fusiliers are there in the world?

There is no accurate or rough number as to how many yellowtail fusiliers there are in the world as the numbers keep changing based on different factors which determine the lifespan of yellowtail fusiliers. Therefore, there is no accurate information on the same.

Sometimes, there is an increase in the number whereas sometimes there is a decrease in the number.

Where does a yellowtail fusilier live?

Yellowtail fusiliers prefer to live in the tropical waters, in the reef, and in special rocky areas. They are also said to live in the coastal areas and are found in the Indo-Pacific, Great Barrier Reef, and Queensland.

What is a yellowtail fusilier's habitat?

A yellowtail fusilier’s habitat includes coral reefs, tropical waters, and rocky areas. They are usually found in the midwaters in the coastal regions and are deep down in the water.

Who do yellowtail fusiliers live with?

Yellowtail fusiliers prefer to live in groups and like to stay with the other species of the same family. Yellowtail fusiliers are diurnal in nature and therefore live in groups rather than living alone.

How long does a yellowtail fusilier live?

The lifespan of a redbelly yellowtail fusilier (Caesio cuning) is not mentioned. The lifespan of yellowtail fusiliers is dependent on various factors which determine the lifecycle of yellowtail fusiliers. Therefore, some yellowtail fusiliers tend to live for a short period of time whereas some yellowtail fusiliers live for a longer period of time.

How do they reproduce?

Yellowtail fusiliers, from phylum Chordata, mate just like other fishes. The fusion of the sperm is produced and then the eggs are produced from the ovaries. The fertilization of yellowtail fusiliers happens externally. Their eggs and sperm are released into the water simultaneously by the male and females.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of yellowtail fusiliers is of Least Concern at present across their range of habitat in the Indo-Pacific.

Yellowtail Fusilier Fun Facts

What do yellowtail fusiliers look like?

Yellowtail Fusilier can be found in Great Barrier Reef

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The body of the redbelly yellowtail giant fusilier is grayish-blue in color. The portion of the dorsal fin is soft and is yellow in color, as in the top of the caudal peduncle and the caudal fin. The bottom third of the body is somewhat white and has a tinge of pink-reddish color.

The tail of the yellowtail fusilier is yellow. The species gets its name because of its color. The size of yellowtail fusiliers is medium.

How cute are they?

Yellowtail fusiliers are very cute in their appearance because of their coloration.

How do they communicate?

Yellowtail fusiliers communicate with the help of gestures and motion. They also use electrical pulses such as signals, or bioluminescence. They also release chemicals that can be sensed by the other fishes with the help of smell or taste.

How big is a yellowtail fusilier?

Yellowtail fusiliers grow up to 16 in (40 cm) in length and are medium in size as compared to the other species of fish. They are about three times smaller than the codfish.

How fast can a yellowtail fusilier move?

There are no accurate estimates available regarding the speed at which yellowtail fusiliers move. They tend to move faster when they see their predator approaching them.

How much does a yellowtail fusilier weigh?

Yellowtail fusiliers weigh around 2.2-3.3 lb (1-1.5 kg). They are very less in weight as compared to the other species. The weight differs according to the body structure and body size. They are about half the weight of a queen snapper.

What are the male and female names of the species?

There is no specific name for the giant fusilier male and female species of yellowtail fusiliers.

What would you call a baby yellowtail fusilier?

There is no specific name for a baby yellowtail fusiliers. They are known as young yellowtail fusiliers.

What do they eat?

The giant fusilier, Ceasio cuning, eats zooplankton. They are the close relatives of snappers. They feed in the midwaters.

Are they poisonous?

No, yellowtail fusiliers are not dangerous. They are friendly around human beings.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, yellowtail fusiliers are good pets and can be kept in aquariums.

Did you know...

Yellowtail fusiliers are related to snappers and have slender bodies.

Some of the alternative names for this fish species are red-bellied fusilier, redbelly yellowtail fusilier, and red-bellied fusilier.

Can you eat fusilier fish?

Yes, yellowtail fusiliers are edible to eat. Redbelly yellowtail fusilier is known as banana fish locally and is of good quality to eat as food as it tastes delicious. This white fish is a popular ingredient in Japanese cuisine.

Do they bite?

No, yellowtail fusiliers do not bite humans.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other fishes from our carp facts and marine angelfish facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable yellowtail fusilier coloring pages.

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Written by Abhijeet Modi

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Abhijeet ModiMaster of Computer Science

An experienced and innovative entrepreneur and creative writer, Abhijeet holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Computer Application from Birla Institute of Technology, Jaipur. He co-founded an e-commerce website while developing his skills in content writing, making him an expert in creating blog posts, website content, product descriptions, landing pages, and editing articles. Passionate about pushing his limits, Abhijeet brings both technical expertise and creative flair to his work.

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Sonali has a Bachelor's degree in English literature from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and is currently pursuing a Master's in English and Communication from Christ University. With considerable experience in writing about lifestyle topics, including travel and health, she has a passion for Japanese culture, especially fashion, and anime, and has written on the subject before. Sonali has event managed a creative-writing festival and coordinated a student magazine at her university. Her favorite authors are Toni Morrison and Anita Desai.

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