Animal Species:Lunartail Bigeye, Priacanthus hamrur (Forsskål, 1775)
The Crescent-tail Bigeye is orange to red in colour. It occurs in the tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific.
Standard Common Name
Black-spot Big-eye, Crescent-tailed Bigeye, Lunar-tailed Glasseye, Moontail Bullseye
The Crescent-tail Bigeye has a large eye, oblique mouth, large pelvic fins and and emarginate caudal fin. It is orange to red, often with dark spots along the lateral line. There is usually a black spot at the base of the pelvic fin.
The species grows to 40 cm in length.
It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is known from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and south to central 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.
Distribution by collection data
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Sateen. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags Fishes, ichthyology, Icththyology, Lunartail Bigeye, Priacanthus hamrur, Priacanthidae, Black-spot Big-eye, Crescent-tailed Bigeye, Lunar-tailed Glasseye, Moontail Bullseye, orange, red, tropical water, marine, large eye, oblique mouth, dots/spots, 30 cm - 1 m,