The Longfin Bigeye is a bright red fish that has long dorsal, anal and ventral fins. It usually occurs on deep rocky reefs.
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).
The species lives in deep rocky reefs at depths between 60 m and 400 m.
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.
Ozcam map of Longfin Bigeye specimens in the Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=cookeolus%20japonicus&zoom=off#mapView
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