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Species: Cookeolus japonicus, Bulleye, Bigeye, Longfin Bigeye, Longfin Bulleye

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D: last spines longest, 12-14
soft D & A pointed
peropercle spineless
pelvics very long

Cookeolus japonicus (Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1829)

Bulleye, Bigeye, Longfin Bigeye, Longfin Bulleye

Body a compressed oval; bone before eye with large serrations at front; a large, upturned, oblique mouth with a projecting lower jaw; no spines on the head; preopercle spineless; gill rakers 23-27; fin spines with tiny spines; dorsal fin X, 13-14, spines increasing in length from 1st to last, 10th spine > 2x length of 2nd; anal III, 12-14; soft dorsal and anal fins long and bluntly pointed (except in very large fish); pelvic fins very long, > head length (except in specimens > 35 cm), broadly fused to belly; tail edge W shaped; scales moderate sized, 60-73 in lateral series, 16-20 between dorsal fin origin and lateral line.

Crimson to scarlet red to yellowish red, including fins and iris of eye; pelvic fin membranes dusky to blackish.

Size: attains 68 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: generally found in deep water (100-400 m), but occasionally to ~ 40 m.

Circumglobal in tropical seas; Virginia to Argentina.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Water column
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic crustacea
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 68
Depth Range Min
  • 40
Depth Range Max
  • 400