IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

Comprehensive Description

Read full entry


  Common names: alalaua (English), bigeye (English), catalufa (Espanol)
Priacanthus alalaua Jordan & Evermann, 1903

Hawaiian bigeye,     Alalaua

Body moderately elongate oval, strongly compressed; head profile asymmetrical, with tip of lower jaw above body midline; no large flat spine at angle of preopercle, its rear edge scaly; rakers on first gill arch 19-23; dorsal rays X, 12-14 (usually 13); anal rays III, 13-14 (usually 14); pectoral rays 17-19 (usually 18); pelvic fins relatively short, usually less than head length, broadly fused to belly; tail with W-shaped rear border; lateral-line scales  65-79; scale rows between lateral line and dorsal fin origin  10-13.

Overall crimson, including fins and iris of eye; membranes of pelvic fin black; no dark spotting on fins.

Size: to 32 cm.

Inhabits rocky bottoms.

Depth: 10-275 m.

Hawaiian Islands and tropical eastern Pacific; in the latter region it is the Revillagigedos Islands and Alijos rocks west of southern Baja.   


Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 (CC BY-NC 3.0)

© Shorefishes of the tropical eastern Pacific online information system. www.stri.org/sftep

Source: Shorefishes of the Tropical Eastern Pacific Online Information System

Belongs to 0 communities

This taxon hasn't been featured in any communities yet.

Learn more about Communities


EOL content is automatically assembled from many different content providers. As a result, from time to time you may find pages on EOL that are confusing.

To request an improvement, please leave a comment on the page. Thank you!