Priacanthus blochii   Bleeker,  1853 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 35 cm TL.

Color: Variable from plain reddish-brown to a silvery, with red blotches or bands. Color can change quickly with mood, pelvic fin with a black spot basally, iris red.

Body relatively deep, (its depth contained 2.7 to 2.9 times in standard length) and compressed. Eyes very large; mouth large and oblique, the lower jaw strongly projecting, the maxilla reaching approximately to below front margin of pupil; gillrakers on lower limb of first arch 14 to 17; spine at corner of preopercle short in adults, variable in young; posterior portion of preopercle above and below spine scaled. Soft portion of dorsal and anal fins broadly rounded; soft dorsal fin with 13 or 14 rays, soft anal fin with 14 or 15 rays; pelvic fins about equal to head length (1.0 to 1.2 times in head length) and joined to body by a membrane; caudal fin rounded. Scales small, ctenoid (rough to touch), 65 to 75 in lateral line. Dorsal spines (total): 10-10, Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14, Anal spines: 3, Anal soft rays: 13-15.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Blochs Bigeye (English)
• Paeony Bullseye (English)
• Bigeye (English)
• Black- Axal Google Eye (English)
• Silver Big-Eye (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Aquarium, marketed fresh or frozen)

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated
Prey:  Zooplankton, polychaete worm, crutaceans and small fishes


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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