Pristigenys meyeri (Günther 1872)

A bigeye, Pristigenys meyeri, photographed by an ROV on a deep reef on Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. Source: MARUM, University of Bremen / License: CC BY Attribution

A bigeye with 10 or more narrow red bars on the head and body, with irregular red spots and markings between the bars, irregular red spots and lines on the head, and dark margins on the soft dorsal, anal and caudal fins.

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Pristigenys meyeri (Günther 1872)

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Known in Australia from an image taken by an ROV at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea, depth 210 m. Elsewhere the species occurs in the West Pacific from Sulawesi Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, New Guinea, New Caledonia and Samoa.


Dorsal fin X, 12; Anal fin III, 11; Pectoral fin 17-19; Scales in lateral series 38; Lateral line scales 30-33; Vertical scale rows 37-39; Scale rows above lateral-line 9; Scale rows below lateral line, 27-29 below. Scales of midlatera1 area with about 8-20 spinules on posterior margin; Gill rakers (total) 23-25 (7 + 17).


Yellowish-pink with 10 or more narrow red bars on body and head interspersed by intermittent red markings. Cheeks, maxilla and snout with red vermiculations; iris of eye red. Fins reddish; dorsal spines creamy; soft dorsal and anal fins and caudal fin with black margins; pectoral fins clear or pinkish; distal one-third of pelvic fins black; membranes of spinous portion of dorsal fin dusky anterior to spines (Starnes 1988).

Species Citation

Priacanthus meyeri Günther 1872, Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 1871(3) (art. 1): 656, Pl. 57. Type locality: Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Pristigenys meyeri (Günther 1872)


Carpenter, K.E., Lawrence, A. & Myers, R. 2016. Pristigenys meyeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T69545550A69545859. Downloaded on 11 September 2017.

Günther, A. 1872. Report on several collections of fishes recently obtained for the British Museum. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1871(3): 652-675 pls 53-70 Ref at BHL

Iwatsuki, Y., Matsuda, T., Starnes, W.C., Nakabo, T. & Yoshino, T. 2012. A valid priacanthid species, Pristigenys refulgens (Valenciennes 1862), and a redescription of P. niphonia (Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1829) in the Indo-West Pacific (Perciformes: Priacanthidae). Zootaxa 3206: 41-57. Abstract

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 PDF available Open access

Starnes, W.C. 1999. Family Priacanthidae. pp. 2590-2601 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 2069-2790 pp.

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CAAB Code:37326013

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Feeding:100-210 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish (rare)

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:23 cm SL

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