Bigscale Bullseye

Pempheris multiradiata
Image by Graham Short.

The bigscale bullseye is pale to dark brown or silvery with thick brown stripes along the scale rows.

The fins are dusky. Juveniles are paler with black-tipped and yellow pelvic fins. It is a deep-bodied, compressed species with a very large eye, and a large oblique mouth. The bullseye live in temperate waters of southern Australia. They are a common fish found in large schools on rocky reefs in depths from 4 to 30 metres. They grow to approximately 22cm. They feed on plankton, small crustaceans, and cephalopods. This species usually shelters in caves and ledges during the day, venturing out at night to feed.