Monotaxis grandoculis

Species: Monotaxis grandoculis

English Name: Humpnose Big-eye Bream

Chinese Name: 大眼黑鲷, 單列齒鯛

Family: Lethrinidae

Description:

The Humpnose Big-eye Bream has bluish-gray grading to whitish on the ventral parts of its body with yellow to pinkish lips. Area around the eye is often yellow or orange and the base of the upper pectoral fin rays and the inner base of the pectoral axil are black. The caudal fin usually has black rays that contrast against the paler membranous part of the fin. Can grow up to a length of 60 cm. Lives in sand and rubble areas near coral reefs. Preys on gastropods, ophiuroids, and echinoids. Commercialized for human consumption.

© 2009 zsispeo

© 2009 zsispeo

© 2011 Derek Keats

© 2011 Derek Keats

© 2006 Richard Ling

© 2006 Richard Ling

© 2010 Nemo’s great uncle

© 2010 Nemo’s great uncle

 

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References:

- Carpenter, K.E. and G.R. Allen, 1989. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 9. Emperor fishes and large-eye breams of the world (family Lethrinidae). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lethrinid species known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(9):118 p. Rome: FAO.