Longfin Bigeye, Cookeolus japonicus (Cuvier 1829)

Other Names: Bigeye, Longfin Bulleye, Long-finned Bigeye, Long-finned Big-eye, Long-finned Bullseye

A Longfin Bigeye, Cookeolus japonicus, in Izu Ocean Park, Japan. Source: Izuzuki / http://www.izuzuki.com/. License: CC BY Attribution-ShareAlike

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Longfin Bigeye, Cookeolus japonicus (Cuvier 1829)

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From Cape Naturaliste to Shark Bay, Western Australia, and off Moreton Bay, Queensland and reefs in the Coral Sea, to off Lakes Entrance Victoria; also Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species is circumglobal in tropical and temperate seas.
Inhabits hard bottoms with rocky holes and ledges, and usually rich invertebrate growth such as sponges and soft corals.


Dorsal fin X, 12-14; Anal fin III, 12-14. Last (10th) dorsal-fin spine twice the length of the second spine.


Feeds mostly on crustaceans and small fishes


Occasionally taken by recreational fisher on deep handlines.

Species Citation

Priacanthus japonicus Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1829, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons Vol. 3: 106, pl. 50. Type locality: Japan.


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Longfin Bigeye, Cookeolus japonicus (Cuvier 1829)


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CAAB Code:37326002

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:60-402 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:60 cm TL

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