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| Common names: bigeye (English), bulleye (English), catalufa (Espanol) |
Cookeolus japonicus (Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1829)
Bulleye, Long-fin bulleye, Long-fin bigeye
Bone before eye with large serrations at front; preopercle without spine; rakers on first gill arch 23-27; dorsal rays X, 12-14 (usually 13), last spines longest; anal rays III,12-14 (usually 13); soft dorsal and anal fins long and bluntly pointed (except in very large fish); pectoral rays 17-19; pelvic fins very long, > head length (except in specimens > 35 cm), broadly fused to belly; lateral-line scales 60-73; scale rows between lateral line and dorsal fin origin 16-20.
Crimson to scarlet red to yellowish red, including fins and iris of eye; pelvic fin membranes dusky to blackish.
Size: attains 68 cm.
Habitat: rocky bottoms.
Depth: generally found in deep water (100-400 m), but occasionally to ~ 30 m, where they can be observed by Scuba divers.
Circumglobal in tropical seas; in the eastern Pacific it ranges from lower Baja and the lower eastern Gulf of California to Peru and Cocos, Malpelo and the Revillagigedos.