About Short bigeye

The short bigeye (Pristigenys alta) is a fish of the Priacanthidae family, native to the Western Atlantic. It is found in reef areas with rocky bottom at a depth down to 200 m. The species is rare and is poorly studied. It usually swims in dark areas hiding in crevices and under rocky ledges. It is a nocturnal predator. The species is solitary.
The short bigeye has a compressed oval body. The colour varies from pink to red with dark edges of the caudal, anal and dorsal fins. The fin margins are less distinctive in juveniles. The characteristic feature of this fish is its large red eyes. The mouth is directed upwards, the lower jaw protrudes.

Additional info

Salinity Marine
Depth From 5 to 200 meters
Length 30 cm
Red List Least concern
Threat to Human Harmless

Known names

Local names
China 短鋸大眼鯛, 短锯大眼鲷

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