Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Lutjanidae  
 Genus Aphareus  
  Aphareus furca  (Lacepède, 1801) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Aphareus caerulescensAphareus flavivultusAphareus furcatusCaranxomorus sacrestinusLabrus furca  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)
Character: Body elongate, fusiform, and compressed. Lower jaw protruding; maxilla extending to below middle of the eye; interorbital space flattened; teeth in jaws small, disappearing with age; roof of mouth toothless; gill rakers on lower limb (including rudiments) 16 to 18. Dorsal fin with X spines and 11 (rarely 10) soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 8 soft rays; pectoral fins long reaching to about level of anus with 15 or 16 rays; caudal fin forked; dorsal and anal fins scaleless. Scales small, about 65 to 75 in lateral line. Edges of preopercle and opercle outlined with black. A silvery sheen on head and lower sides. Pectoral fins long reaching to about level of anus. Back and upper sides purplish-brown; the sides blue-gray; the fins whitish to yellow-brown. May show bright yellow on the nape during courtship. Small juveniles have a yellow caudal fin. 
Habitat: Inhabits inshore coral and rocky reefs at depths between about 6 and 70 m, and in clear waters of lagoons. Occurs singly or in small groups. Feeds mainly on fishes, but also eats crustaceans. Individuals with brilliant yellow on head may be nuptial males. 
Distribution: Widespread in tropical Indo-Pacific Ocean from East Africa to the Hawaiian Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Australia. Reported from Cocos Island in the eastern Pacific. It is found in sourthern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: Marketed fresh. 
Name Code: 382085
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