Gymnocranius elongatus Senta, 1973
Forktail large-eye bream
Gymnocranius elongatus
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Lethrinidae (Emperors or scavengers), subfamily: Monotaxinae
Max. size:  35 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 50 - 100 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: east Africa and Seychelles to the Solomon Islands, north to southern Japan, south to northern Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 10-10. Description: Lower edge of eye is intersected by line from snout tip to the middle of the caudal fin fork. Eye diameter usually about equal to the length of the snout. The interorbital space is convex and about equal to eye diameter. The inner surface of the pectoral fin axil is scaleless. Overall color is silver, sometimes slightly brown dorsally, with about eight transverse brown bars on the sides, the first crossing through the eye, the remainder below the dorsal fin and across the caudal peduncle. Scattered blotches and speckling is sometimes evident on sides. Fins are clear to yellow-orange with caudal margins and tips often deep red (Ref. 2295). Body depth 2.2-2.4 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Inhabits sandy or low-relief rocky bottoms (Ref. 11228). Feeds on bottom-living invertebrates. Marketed fresh (Ref. 9775). May be solitary or in small groups, on flat offshore trawling grounds, occasionally near shallow coral reefs (Ref. 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 28 June 2018 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 10.11.90
Modified by: Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz - 12.04.13
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 08.03.94

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