Priacanthus meeki Jenkins, 1903
Hawaiian bigeye
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Priacanthidae (Bigeyes or catalufas)
Max. size:  33 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 230 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Hawaiian and Midway Islands; a single juvenile specimen recorded from the Galapagos Islands. Strays reach Johnston Atoll (Ref. 9710). Reports from Japan are probably misidentifications of Priacanthus hamrur.
Biology:  Inhabit clear lagoon and seaward reefs. Found under ledges during the day (Ref. 9710). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Spawning may occur by December or soon after. Sound production has been studied in this species (Ref. 5403).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 10 March 2015 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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