Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Gadiformes  
 Family Macrouridae  
 Genus Ventrifossa  
  Ventrifossa macroptera  Okamura, 1982 
Provider: M.L. Qiu 
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Citation: 邱美倫(2002)碩士論文;Fish of Japan(Nakabo, 2002);Fishbase(2003)
Character: D1.II, 9-11; P.i21-i26; V.9-10; GR-I(outer/inner)11-17;GR-II16-19;Scales 1D.6-8,2D. 8-10. Premaxillary teeth in narrow bands 4 or 5 teeth wide, outer series enlarged with arrowheadlike tips; mandibular teeth in 2 series, the inner large. First dorsal fin with 2 spines and 9 to 11 rays, second spinous ray smooth. Scale rows below midbase of first dorsal fin 6.5 to 7.5, below second dorsal origin 8 to 10; lateral-line scales over a distance equal to predorsal length 49 to 55. Scales covered with slender, sharp spinules in widely divergent 5 rows or irregularly in quincunx order. Snont with a black margin along leading edge and posteriorly over half of supranarial ridges; first dorsal fin uniformly blackish or dusky. 
Habitat: Benthopelagic fishes in the deep sea. A rare species of macrourids from the upper continental slope off northwestern Taiwan at depths between 400m and 800m. Food of these fishes consists of a wide range of fish and both benthic and pelagic invertebrates. 
Distribution: Kyushu-Palau Ridge, Hawaiian lslands, Southern Japan and northeastern Taiwan, Tashi ; 24 54'63"N, 122 03'49"E 
Name Code: 381080
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