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Heteropriacanthus cruentatus
Priacanthus cruentatus.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Priacanthidae
Genus: Heteropriacanthus
Species: H. cruentatus
Binomial name
Heteropriacanthus cruentatus
(Lacepède, 1801)

The glasseye or glass bigeye (Heteropriacanthus cruentatus) is a species of fish found in tropical seas around the globe. It is a member of the bigeye family and the only species in the genus Heteropriacanthus. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. It grows to a size of 50.7 cm (20.0 in) in length.[2]

Morphological and genetic analysis indicates that glasseyes should be divided into three species: Heteropriacanthus cruentatus (Atlantic Ocean and southwest Indian Ocean), H. fulgens (northeastern Atlantic), and H. carolinus (Indo-Pacific).[3]


  1. ^ Dooley, J.; Collette, B.; Aiken, K.A.; Marechal, J.; Pina Amargos, F.; Singh-Renton, S. (2015). "Heteropriacanthus cruentatus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2015: e.T16749737A16750097. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T16749737A16750097.en. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2008). "Heteropriacanthus cruentatus" in FishBase. December 2008 version.
  3. ^ I. Fernandez-Silva and H.-C. Ho, 2017. Revision of the circumtropical glasseye fish Heteropriacanthus cruentatus (Perciformes: Priacanthidae), with resurrection of two species. Zootaxa 4273 (3): 341–361.