Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium displays a rare deep-water fish

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium displays a rare deep-water fish

The pristigenys meyeri has distinctive large eyes. (Photograph provided by the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium).

September 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

From late August, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu has exhibited the pristigenys meyeri, a rare deep-water fish with distinctive large eyes. The aquarium is putting the fish on display for the first time because it is a species of deep-water fish that is rarely caught.

According to the aquarium, pristigenys meyeri has large eyes and red stripe patterns. It lives at a depth of 100 to 200 meters, and is found in tropical reefs in the Pacific, but it is rarely found.

The fish displayed is about 30 centimeters (12 inches) long. A fishery operator caught it at a depth of 110 meters off the coast of Kume-jima using a single-hook fishing line and brought it to the aquarium.

A staff member at the aquarium commented, “We have wanted to put this species on display but they are difficult to gather information about and to catch. We hope to keep the fish for a long period of time and to research its life.”

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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