Elongate Bullseye, Parapriacanthus elongatus (McCulloch 1911)

Other Names: Slender Bullseye

Elongate Bullseyes, Parapriacanthus elongatus. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A slender greyish-green sweeper with a darker lateral line, a pinkish to greenish head, silvery pinkish-brown sides becoming paler below, a dark stripe from the pelvic-fin base to the anal-fin origin, dark upper and lower margins on the caudal fin, and no scales along the anal-fin base.

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Elongate Bullseye, Parapriacanthus elongatus (McCulloch 1911)

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Endemic to southern Australia from Disaster Bay, New South Wales, to the Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia, including Tasmania. 
Forms schools around rocky reefs, jetties and piers in depths to 60 m.  


Dorsal fin IV–V, 10–12; Anal fin III, 23–28; Caudal fin 17; Pectoral fin 16–19; Pelvic fin I, 5; Lateral-line scales 60–70. 

Body moderately deep, 29–37% SL, moderately elongate, very compressed; caudal peduncle slender. Head moderately small, length 32–36% SL; eye large, diameter 34–37% HL; preopercular margins with bony processes. Mouth moderately large, oblique, maxillae reaching below middle of eyes, upper jaw length 47–51% SL; teeth small, conical, largest anteriorly, single row in each jaw. 
Scales small, weakly ctenoid, strongly attached, covering body and head except for snout, absent from anal-fin base; lateral line nearly straight, terminating halfway to margin of caudal fin.  
Single moderately high short-based dorsal fin located centrally on back; anal-fin base elongate, first few rays considerably longer than those posteriorly; caudal fin forked. Pectoral fins prominent, upper rays much longer than those below. Pelvic fins arising below posterior side of pectoral fin bases, not reaching anus.


Reaches a length of 13 cm. 


Lateral line yellowish, greenish above with numerous minute black pigment spots, flank mostly silvery, pinkish-brown with silvery sheen posteriorly below, dark stripe from ventral-fin base to anal-fin origin; head pinkish to greenish with silvery highlights; fins mostly clear; dorsal and ventral margins of caudal fin dark.
Greyish above, lighter below; upper surface of head and back densely covered with minute dark spots, spots extending onto dorsal and caudal fins.  


Sometimes taken as by-catch in commercial trawls.


This somewhat deeper-water sweeper is bioluminescent, and has a light organ containing bioluminescent bacteria associated with the digestive tract. The precise function of the structure is unknown.

Species Citation

Pempheris elongata McCulloch, 1911, Zool. Res. Endeavour 1: 47, pl. 4, fig. 1. Type locality: Bass Strait, Victoria.


Bray, D.J. 2021


Atlas of Living Australia

Elongate Bullseye, Parapriacanthus elongatus (McCulloch 1911)


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CAAB Code:37357002


Depth:2-60 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:14 cm TL


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