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Fusiliers

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Although they need a lot of space, Fuseliers are personable, disease resistant, long-lived and attractive fishes that make fantastic aquarium specimens. Usually candidates for fish-only systems, Fuseliers like plenty of room in which to swim. Inhabits coastal areas, primarily around coral reefs at a depth of about 20 m.

Fusiliers are closely related to snappers (Lutjanidae) but possess several adaptations for a planktivorous mode of life, such as the elongate fusiform body, the small mouth , and the deeply forked caudal fin . During the day they occur in large zooplankton feeding schools in mid-water over the reef, along steep outer reef slopes and around deep lagoon pinnacles. Although they are active swimmers, they often pause to pick zooplankton and at cleaning stations , and shelter within the reef at night.

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