Atlantic Bigeye (Priacanthus arenatus)

Also known as Catalufa, Common Bigeye, Glass Snapper, Glassy Snapper, Goggle Eye, Johnny Diggens, Moonshine Conga, Moonshine Snapper, Red Bigeye

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Also known as Catalufa, Common Bigeye, Glass Snapper, Glassy Snapper, Goggle Eye, Johnny Diggens, Moonshine Conga, Moonshine Snapper, Red Bigeye.

Found in small schools during the day close to the bottom of coral and rocky reefs, dispersing at night to hunt for food.
They feed nocturnally on crustaceans, small fish and worms.
Length - 50cm
Depth - 10-200m
Widespread Tropical Atlantic, Caribbean, Mediterranean

Bigeyes can change colour from red, reddish brown to silver with mood, also at night they will change to a pale blotched pattern. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/1149

2 comments

  1. Thank you for the information, we have moved the fish to the right page. We are only amateurs and do sometimes get things wrong, so any help is appreciated! Thank You Lorraine

  2. Posted by Kevin Rademacher
    February 15, 2020 at 01:33 am - 1 person found this useful.

    Fish in photo is not a Bigeye, but a Squirrelfish. With the yellow coloration visible on the dorsal fin it is Holocentrus adscensionis, the Squirrelfish. The fish in photo exhibits a deeply forked caudal fin which squirrelfishes posses, bigeyes have a more emarginate or lunate caudal fin. The color pattern exhibited by the fish more closely resembles that of Squirrelfish with the whitish caudal peduncle, anal fin & caudal fin. The Bigeye exhibits a more uniformly red color over the whole body & fins.

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