Grey large-eye bream
  • Gymnocranius griseus
  • English Name : Grey large-eye bream
  • Local Name : Kandu uniya
  • Size : Common to 25 cm; max. 30 cm
  • Family : LETHRINIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 10 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 10 rays. Pectoral fin with 14 rays. Body depth 1.9-2.3 in standard length. Body oblong. Dorsal and ventral profile of head evenly convex, or ventral profile slightly straighter. Eyes relatively large, 6 moderate canines in front of each jaw. Posterior part of jaws reaching to about level of anterior nostrils.
  • Colour: Overall silvery, frequently with a diffused to vivid pattern of 5 to 8 narrow dark bars on side. Often a narrow brown bar across bases of caudal fin. Some adult individuals possess a few scattered blue spots or scribbling on the snout and cheek. Dark subocular bar present.
  • Habitat and Biology: Inhabits coastal waters, usually at depths between 20-80 m, sometimes forms schools. Feeds mainly on benthic invertebrates.
  • Distribution: Indo-West Pacific.
  • Remarks: Gymnocranius griseus is characterised by a relatively deep body in both small juveniles and adults. Fishes of this family are food fishes, which are marketed fresh or dried and salted. Lobotes microprion Bleeker is a junior synonym based on the juvenile.