Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Carangidae  
 Genus Uraspis  
  Uraspis helvola  (Forster, 1801) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Caranx helvolusCaranx micropterusLeucoglossa candensScomber helvolusUraspis helvolusUraspis secunda  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)
Character: D. VII-VIII (the posterior 1 embedded and not apparent), I+28-29; A. 0 (detached spines embedded and not apparent), I+21-22; P. i+20-21; G.R. 5-6+14-15; CLS. 54-66 scutes; SLS. 33-37 all scutes; vertebrate 10+14. Adipose eyelid rudimentary. Breast naked ventrally to origin of pelvic fins; laterally, naked area of breast separated from naked base of pectoral fin by a broad band of scales. Lateral line becoming to below 12-13th ray of the second dorsal fin. The posterior 1-3 spine of first dorsal fin embedded and not apparent with growth; free anal spines only exist in juvenile. Tongue, roof and floor of mouth white or cream-coloured,the rest blue-black; head dusky to black, with a large, diffuse black opercular blotch; body dusky to black dorsally, lighter below and with 6 or 7 wide, dark bands and narrow pale interspaces (faint bands evident in specimens as large as 25 cm; in specimens smaller than 10 cm bands may extend onto second dorsal and anal fins); second dorsal and anal fins hyaline to black; the anal fin commonly, and the second dorsal fin occasionally with tips of the falcate lobe and fin margin pale; pelvic fins generally black in specimens smaller than 10 cm fork length, rapidly becoming pale whitish at larger sizes; caudal fin pale yellowish dusky with trailing edges and tips of lobes blackish. 
Habitat: A pelagic and demersal species found in sandy bottoms at the foot of the edge of the outer reefs, continental coasts and around islands. Solitary or forming small schools. Mainly nocturnal. 
Distribution: Widely distributed in warm waters of Indo-Pacific. It is occasionally in southern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: Marketed fresh and salted or dried. 
Name Code: 381557
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