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  Common names: glasseye (English), catalufa (Espanol)
Heteropriacanthus cruentatus (Lacepède, 1801)

Glasseye snapper,     Glasseye

Head profiles symmetrical (mouth open in center); preopercle with a large flat spine at lower angle, rear border of preopercle without scales, but with fine ridges; gill rakers on first arch 21-25; dorsal rays X, 12-13 (usually 13); anal rays III, 13-14 (usually 14); pectoral rays 18-19 (usually 18); pelvic fins relatively short, usually less than head length, broadly fused to belly; tail fin slightly rounded; lateral-line scales 63-81; scale rows between lateral line and dorsal fin origin 9-12.

Usually pink to red, including fins and iris of eye; tail and soft parts of dorsal and anal fins with elliptical dark specks; can also be overall silvery with red and pink blotches or irregular bars, or silvery pink with yellowish fins.

Size: reaches 51 cm.

Inhabits shallow reefs.

Depth: 5-300 m.

Circumglobal in tropical seas; in the eastern Pacific it ranges from central Baja California to the mouth of the Gulf of California to Ecuador and all the offshore islands, to which it is mainly restricted.


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