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Heteropriacanthus cruentatus Glasseye Snapper

Heteropriacanthus cruentatusis commonly referred to as Glasseye Snapper. Difficulty in the aquarium: Not suitable for home aquaria!. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.

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Heteropriacanthus cruentatus 
Großaugenbarsch, Glasauge 
Glasseye Snapper 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Priacanthidae (Family) > Heteropriacanthus (Genus) > cruentatus (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Lacepède, ), 1801 
Guadeloupe, Suriname, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate, Djibouti, Eritrea, Barbados, El Salvador, Cocos Island (Costa Rica), Sint Eustatius and Saba, (the) Maldives, American Samoa, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Ascencion, St. Helena & Tristan da Cunha, Australia, Bakers Island, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Central Pazific, China, Christmas Islands, Circumglobal, Clipperton Island, Columbia, Comores, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Africa, East-Atlantic Ocean, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Eastern Pacific Ocean, Ecuador, Fiji, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Galapagos Islands, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Gulf of California, Gulf of Mexico, Guyana, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, Howland Island, India, Indian Ocean, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Johnston Atoll, Kiribati, Line Islands, Lord Howe Island, Madagascar, Madeira, Marschall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico (East Pacific), Micronesia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paracel-Islands, Philippines, Pitcairn Islands, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Réunion , Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin / Sint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, São Tomé e Principé, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South-Africa, Spain, Spratly Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tansania, Thailand, the Andaman Sea, The Bahamas, the Canary Islands, the Cape Verde Archipelago, the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, The Chagos Archipelago (the Chagos Islands), the Cocos Islands / Keeling Islands, the Falkland Islands, the Netherlands Antilles, the Nicobar Islands, the Seychelles, Timor, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuamoto Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Uruguay, USA, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wake Atoll, West-Atlantic Ocean, Yemen 
Sea depth:
3 - 300 Meter 
7.87" - 19.69" (20cm - 50cm) 
2,7 kg 
71.6 °F - 80.6 °F (22°C - 27°C) 
Crabs, Crustaceans, Edible crab, Fish (little fishes), Fish larvae, Isopods, Krill, Mantis shrimps, Rock shrimps, Sepia, Worms, Zoobenthos, Zooplankton 
Not suitable for home aquaria! 
Not available as offspring 
Toxic hazard unknown 
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
Last edit:
2018-11-15 14:48:18 


(Lacepède, 1801)

Circumglobal in tropical and tropically influenced seas. Western Atlantic: continental waters from off Florida to Flower Garden Reef off Texas in the Gulf of Mexico; Caribbean islands and along the coast of South America to Argentina. Eastern Atlantic: eastern and mid Atlantic islands from Madeira to St. Helena; not recorded from African continental waters. Indo-Pacific: South and eastern Africa (excluding the Red Sea) eastward in island habitats through the central Pacific. Eastern Pacific: island habitats from off Baja California to the Galapagos; probably uncommon along coast of Mexico, Central and South America, questionably to Chile.

Common in lagoon and seaward reefs, primarily around islands. Under or near ledges by day.
Benthopelagic. Juvenile pelagic. Nocturnal, feeding mainly on octopi, pelagic shrimp, stomatopods, crabs, small fish, and polychaetes.
Solitary. During the day usually occurs singly or in small groups but at dusk it may gather in large numbers. Known to produce sound.

Reports of ciguatera poisoning!

Synomised taxa:
Anthias boops Forster, 1801
Cookeolus boops (Forster, 1801)
Labrus cruentatus Lacepède, 1801
Priacanthus argenteus Cuvier, 1829
Priacanthus bleekeri Castelnau, 1873
Priacanthus bonariensis Cuvier, 1829
Priacanthus boops (Forster, 1801)
Priacanthus carolinus Cuvier, 1829
Priacanthus cepedianus Desmarest, 1823
Priacanthus cruentatus (Lacepède, 1801)
Priacanthus fulgens Lowe, 1838 (synonym)
Serranus rufus Bowdich, 1825

External links

  1. FishBase (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  2. World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.



Glasseye Snapper, Heteropriacanthus cruentatus,U.S. Virgin Islands, 2006
Copyright Kevin Bryant,  Foto: Shorefishes of the Greater Caribbean online information system
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