Bigeye Catalufa Soldier (Pristigenys alta)
Family: Priacanthidae (Bigeyes)
Natural Range: Western Atlantic Ocean, from Massachusetts to South America
Depth: 112 to 984 ft. Size: 11.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Solitary
Diet: Fish, crustaceans, plankton.
Natural History: The Bigeye Catalufa Soldier is found on deep rocky reefs. This species is observed to be nocturnal, hanging near rocks and crevices by day and swimming in groups to feed at night. Pairs are often observed in small caves. Juveniles are associated with Sargassum algae near the surface where it is found.
Husbandry: The Bigeye Catalufa is an interesting aquarium species. Juveniles are shy and will hide by day whereas adults are more bold and will swim in the open areas of an aquarium. It will eat nearly any ornamental shrimp or fish that will fit in its voracious mouth. Only one Bigeye Catalufa Solder should be kept per aquarium.
AKA: Short Bigeye
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