Spotted Bigeye, Priacanthus macracanthus Cuvier 1829

Other Names: Bigeye, Brownspot Bigeye, Bullseye Perch, Large-spined Big-eye, Red Bigeye, Red Bullseye, Spotted Big-eye, Spotted-fin Glasseye

Spotted Bigeye, Priacanthus macracanthus. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A silvery to bright red bigeye with brownish to yellowish-brown spots on the dorsal, anal and pelvic fins. Individuals often have a blotchy pattern. The body of the Spotted Bigeye tapers slightly below the middle of the soft dorsal fin, then tapers abruptly to the caudal peduncle.

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Spotted Bigeye, Priacanthus macracanthus Cuvier 1829

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Widespread in Australia from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia, around the north and east coasts to Lakes Entrance, Victoria; also at Middleton Reef in the Tasman Sea. Found elsewhere in the tropical and subtropical Western-Pacific.

Inhabits inshore and offshore reefs in depths of about 15 m to more than 400 m. Spotted Bigeyes form aggregations over open areas around reefs, near coral heads and also shelter under ledges during the day.


Fishes commercially in parts of its range.

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Differs from the similar Priacanthus fitchi in having a slightly deeper body posteriorly, and brown to yellowish-brown spots on the membranes of the dorsal and anal fins.


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Spotted Bigeye, Priacanthus macracanthus Cuvier 1829


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CAAB Code:37326001

Depth:15-400 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:36 cm

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