Lunartail Bigeye (species: Priacanthus hamrur) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Priacanthus hamrur
Lunartail Bigeye

©Lyle Vail: Priacanthus hamrur at Osprey Islet, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Priacanthus hamrur, Lizard Island area. Unfortunately this photo cuts off the distinctive tail tips - the tail is cresecent shaped.

©Lyle Vail: Priacanthus hamrur at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Priacanthidae
Genus Priacanthus
Species Priacanthus hamrur



Distinguishing features

Colour variable and rapidly changeable: often red or silver with wide vertical red bars, including one under the eye. Eye very large. Tail crescent-shaped.


  • Up to 40 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Grutter, A.S. (1997). Effect of the removal of cleaner fish on the abundance and species composition of reef fish, Oecologia, 111: 137-143. LIRS catalog number 504.
  • Richardson, L.E., N.A.J. Graham, M.S. Pratchett, J.G. Eurich and A.S. Hoey (2018). Mass coral bleaching causes biotic homogeniszation of reef fish assemblages. Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb.14119. LIRS catalog number 2200.
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