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| 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.