Animal Species:Purplespotted Bigeye, Priacanthus tayenus Richardson, 1846
The Purplespotted Bigeye has spotted pelvic fins. The species occurs in coastal marine waters of the Eastern Indian and Western Pacific region.
Standard Common Name
Spotted-finned Bullseye, Threadfin Big-eye
The Purplespotted Bigeye is red to silvery-white with pink tinges. The pelvic fins have small purple to black spots with one or two larger spots close to the belly. The species has a well-developed spine on the angle of the preopercle. The caudal fin is truncate in young fish but becomes lunate in some (possibly male) larger individuals.
It grows to about 29 cm in length.
The species occurs in the Eastern Indian and Western Pacific regions.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
It occurs on rocky coastal reefs and deeper areas from 20 m to 200 m.
- 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.
- Santana-Garcon, J., Leis, J.M, Newman, S.J. & E.S. Harvey. 2013. Presettlement schooling behaviour of a priacanthid, the Purplespotted Bigeye Priacanthus tayenus (Priacanthidae: Teleostei). DOI 10.1007/s10641-013-0150-6.
- Starnes, W.C. 1999. Priacanhidae. (Bigeyes). Carpenter, K.E. & V.H. Niem (ed). pp 2422-2524, 4 figs In The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 4. FAO species identification guide for Fishery purposes. FAO.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology