Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Leiognathidae  
 Genus Photopectoralis  
  Photopectoralis bindus  (Valenciennes, 1835) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Equula bindusLeiognathus bindusLeiognathus virgatusLeiognatus bindus  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);福建魚類誌(朱等, 1985)
Character: Body deep and strongly compressed, its depth 1.8 to 1.9 times in standard length; ventral profile at least as equally convex as dorsal profile, in larger specimens even more strongly convex. Mouth pointing forward to slightly downward when protracted; single row of uniform conical teeth in each jaw. Head scaleless, but conspicuous scales present on breast. Body silvery, with short dark vermiculations on back; tip of snout, head, and ventral half of body with grey dots which tend to be arranged in rows midlaterally; spinous part of dorsal fin black at 1/2 height, above which the membrane between second and fifth spines bears a bright orange blotch which turns yellow on preservation in formalin; soft dorsal-fin margin grey; faint yellow on distal part of membrane of spinous anal fin; pectoral, pelvic, and caudal fins colourless. 
Habitat: Found over muddy sand bottoms of coastal inshore waters. Often enters estuaries. Forms schools. 
Distribution: Distributed in the Indo-West Pacific from Red Sea (Port Sudan), Persian Gulf, India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh; north to Japan; south to the Arafura Sea and Australia. Also reported from New Caledonia. It is common in waters around Taiwan. 
Utility: Larger specimens marketed fresh or dried-salted but most of the catch made into fishmeal or discarded.  
Name Code: 382051
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