Gymnocranius satoi Borsa, Béarez, Paijo & Chen, 2013
Blacknape large-eye bream
photo by Borsa, P.

Family:  Lethrinidae (Emperors or scavengers), subfamily: Monotaxinae
Max. size:  42.2 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; marine; depth range 20 - 40 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: New Caledonia, West Papua (Raja Ampat), southern Japan and possibly Australia (GBR), the Solomon Sea, Bismarck Sea and New Guinea.
Diagnosis:  This high-bodied species is distinguished by the following characters: ratio of standard length to body depth between 2.39 and 2.45; bumpy forehead; the lower edge of eye well above axis of body; caudal fin is shallowly forked, the lobes convex on inner side; scale rows above lateral line 6; pored scales on lateral line 47-50; flanks silvery; scales above the lateral line possess a dark-grey basal patch forming longitudinal rows; scales in the three rows below lateral line in middle of flank also forming darker rows, but basal patch not as dark as above lateral line; snout an cheeks with blue speckles against bronze background, distinctive on fresh and larger individuals, but faint on smaller individuals; blue band joining the nostrils on forehead; the area immediately above eye (supraorbital shelf) forming a distinctive brownish to blackish eyebrow; more or less conspicuous vertical dark bar crossing the eye; dorsal, pectoral, anal and caudal fins are reddish to bright vermilion red; upper lip is reddish to red while the lower lip white (Ref. 107926).
Biology:  This species apparently lives on the coral sandy bottom in the vicinity of coral reefs (Ref. 107926).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.05.16

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