Hawai'i Coral Reef Network

Fishes of Hawai'i 

Family Lethrinidae - emperors

Monotaxis grandoculis - Bigeye emperor - wav.gif (916 bytes)

Description: silver with large dark blotches on dorsal body, squared-off snout, big eye
Size: up to 60cm
Habitat: found hovering in water column at the face of reef by day and feeding at night; from 10 to 330 ft, shy
Diet: carnivores: primarily mollusks but also crabs and urchins


Last update: 1/25/2005