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Priacanthus alalaua
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Priacanthus alalaua

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Main identification features
  • red
  • preopercle: no spine, rear edge scaly
  • rear of pelvics black


Body moderately elongate oval, strongly compressed; head profile asymmetrical, with tip of lower jaw above or below body midline; preopercular spine almost absent in adults (of eastern Pacific species); dorsal fin with X spines, increasing in size to rear, last longest but<2X length of 2nd; tail straight (in eastern Pacific species); pelvic fins of moderate length; scales small, 56-115 in lateral series, present on rear of operculum.

A circumtropical genus with 12 species; one species occurs in the tropical eastern Pacific and Hawaii.

  • Allen , G.R. and Robertson, D.R., 1994., Fishes of the Tropical Eastern Pacific., Crawford House Press Pty Ltd:1-332.
  • Castro-Aguirre, J.L. and Balart, E.F., 2002., La ictiofauna de las islas Revillagigedos y sus relaciones zoogeograficas, con comentarios acerca de su origen y evolucion. En: Lozano-Vilano, M. L. (Ed.). Libro Jubilar en Honor al Dr. Salvador Contreras Balderas., Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León:153-170.
  • Fischer , W. , Krup , F. , Schneider , W. , Sommer , C. , Carpenter , K. E. and Niem, V. H., 1995., Guia FAO para la Identificacion de Especies de para los fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. Volumen III. Vertebrados - Parte 2., FAO3:1201-1813.
  • Jordan , D.S. and Evermann, B.W., 1903., Descriptions of new genera and species of fishes from the Hawaiian Islands., Bull. U.S. Fish Comm., 22:161-208.
  • Love, M.S., Mecklenburg, C.W., Mecklenburg, T.A., Thorsteinson, L.K., 2005., es of the West Coast and Alaska: a checklist of North Pacific and Artic Ocena species from Baja California to the Alaska-Yukon border., U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, 288pp.


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