Crescent Tail Bigeye – Facts and Photographs

Crescent Tail Bigeye Priacanthus hamrur, is also known as the lunar-tailed bigeye, goggle eye, or moontail bulls eye

The Crescent Tail Bigeye Priacanthus hamrur, is also known as the Lunar-tailed bigeye, Goggle eye, or Moontail bulls eye.  As can be seen in the images they obtain their name from their large eye and their crescent or lunar shaped tail. They have amazing colour change abilities.

APPEARANCE

Crescent Tail Bigeye have a silver pink to red body and are able to switch between red and silver with bars and blotches or without in seconds. They have a large eye and a fairly large mouth which is upturned. They grow up to 45 centimeters in length. The juveniles have a truncated tail and only when they are full grown does the crescent develop.

IN THE WILD

They are generally shy and will usually back away from a diver if he gets too close.  During the day they will normally be under an overhang, sometimes with Squirrelfish or Soldierfish. During the night when they are out feeding they are usually always solitary.

HABITAT

The Crescent Tail Bigeye is found across the Indian ocean and in the west Pacific. They are found from depths of 10 to 40 meters usually in lagoons and outer reefs.

Crescent Tail Bigeye Priacanthus hamrur, is also known as the lunar-tailed bigeye, goggle eye, or moontail bulls eye

DIET

The Crescent Tail Bigeye are nocturnal feeders. They feed mainly on small crustaceans, small fishes and large plankton.

REPRODUCTION

Little is known of their breeding habits, but they are thought to spawn into the water table where the larvae mature.

Crescent Tail Bigeye Priacanthus hamrur, is also known as the lunar-tailed bigeye, goggle eye, or moontail bulls eye

COMMERCIAL EXPLOITATION

They are not exploited commercially but they are caught by subsistence fishermen.

Crescent Tail Bigeye Priacanthus hamrur, is also known as the lunar-tailed bigeye, goggle eye, or moontail bulls eye

AQUARIUMS

These fish grow quite large and are not normally kept in aquariums. Sometimes they may be seen in public aquariums.

Crescent Tail Bigeye Priacanthus hamrur, is also known as the lunar-tailed bigeye, goggle eye, or moontail bulls eye

 

CRESCENT TAIL BIGEYE CLASSIFICATION

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Priacanthidae
Genus: Priacanthus
Species: P. hamrur

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