Heteropriacanthus cruentatus

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
PriacanthidaeHeteropriacanthus cruentatus(Lacep├Ęde)1801Glasseye Snapper

Heteropriacanthus cruentatus

Unique Characters: Body less deep, depth 2.0-3.1 in standard length. Anal-fin soft rays 13 or 14; dorsal-fin soft rays 11-13. Scales in lateral series 78-96. Scale rows between dorsal-fin origin and lateral line fewer than 16. Pelvic fins short, less than or equal to head length. Soft dorsal and anal fins moderately long, broadly rounded. Posterior portion of preopercle lacking scales and notably striate. Anterior profile of head nearly symmetrical, extremity of lower jaw when mouth tightly closed about level with midline of body. Soft dorsal, anal, and caudal fins usually with small dark specks in membranes.

Similar Species:

Short Bigeye Pristigenys alta

Bulleye Cookeolus japonicus

Bigeye
Priacanthus arenatus

Pristigenys alta
Short Bigeye – Pristigenys alta
Priacanthus arenatus
Atlantic Bigeye – Priacanthus arenatus

Short Bigeye Pristigenys alta. Body very deep and broadly ovate, depth 1.7 to 1.9 in standard length. Anal-fin soft rays 10; dorsal-fin soft rays 11. Scales in lateral series 42-45.

Bulleye Cookeolus japonicus. Body less deep, depth 2.0-3.1 in standard length. Anal-fin soft rays 13-16; dorsal-fin soft rays 12-15. Scales in lateral series 60-96. Scale rows between dorsal-fin origin and lateral line 16-20. Pelvic fins very long except in large adults (300+ mm standard length) exceeding head length. Soft dorsal and anal fins long and slightly pointed except in very large specimens.

Bigeye Priacanthus arenatus. Body less deep, depth 2.0-3.1 in standard length. Anal-fin soft rays 14-16; dorsal-fin soft rays 13-15. Scales in lateral series 83-91. Scale rows between dorsal-fin origin and lateral line fewer than 16. Pelvic fins short, less than or equal to head length. Soft dorsal and anal fins moderately long, broadly rounded. Posterior portion of preopercle with scales. Anterior profile of head more asymmetrical, extremity of lower jaw usually above level of midline of body. Fins lacking specks.

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