Animal Species:Longfin Bigeye, Cookeolus japonicus (Cuvier, 1829)

The Longfin Bigeye is a bright red fish that has long dorsal, anal and ventral fins. It usually occurs on deep rocky reefs.

Longfin Bigeye, Cookeolus japonicus

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Standard Common Name

Longfin Bigeye

Alternative Name/s

Bigeye, Long-finned Bullseye, Longfin Bulleye

Identification

The Longfin Bigeye can be recognised by its long dorsal, anal and ventral fins. The red colour, upturned mouth and rough scales are all characteristics of the bigeyes (family Priacanthidae).

Size range

The species grows up to 60 cm in length.

Distribution

The species is found in marine waters throughout the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is recorded from off Western Australia and off New South Wales.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Cookeolus japonicus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Longfin Bigeye specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species lives in deep rocky reefs at depths between 60 m and 400 m.

Classification

Species:
japonicus
Genus:
Cookeolus
Family:
Priacanthidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  3. Paxton, J.R., D.F. Hoese, G.R. Allen & J.E. Hanley. 1989. Zoological Catalogue of Australia Vol.7 Pisces Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Canberra: Australian Biological Resources Survey. Pp. i-xii, 1-665.
  4. Starnes, W.C. 1988. Revision, phylogeny and biogeographic comments on the circumtropical marine percoid fish family Priacanthidae. Bulletin of Marine Science. 43(2): 117-203.

 


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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