Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Mullidae  
 Genus Mulloidichthys  
  Mulloidichthys vanicolensis  (Valenciennes, 1831) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Mulloides auriflammaMulloides erythrinusMulloides vanicolensisMulloidichtys vanicolensisPseudopeneus vanicolensisPseudupeneus vanicolensisUpeneus vanicolensis  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);福建魚類誌(朱等, 1985);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.5(FAO, 2001)
Character: Body moderately elongate, and moderately compressed. Chin with a pair of slender barbels which reach posterior to rear margin of preopercle; snout not long; mouth small, maxilla not reaching front edge of eye; villiform teeth in a band in jaws; no teeth on roof of mouth. First gill arch with 8 to 10 gill rakers on upper limb, 23 to 26 on lower limb (total 32 to 36). Two well-separated dorsal fins, the first with VIII slender spines, and the second with 9 soft rays; anal fin with I spine and 7 soft rays; pectoral-fin rays 16 to 18. Lateral-line scales 33 to 36; 5 rows of scales between dorsal fins, and 11 or 12 rows along upper part of caudal peduncle. Body whitish to pink with a yellow stripe edged in pale blue on body at level of upper end of gill opening; no black spot within yellow stripe; barbels white to yellowish; fins yellow. 
Habitat: This occasionally schooling species inhabits sandy bottoms of reef flats, lagoons, and seaward reefs. In large inactive aggregations by day, dispersing to sand flats to feed at night. Sometimes mixes with blue-striped snapper Lutjanus kasmira and shows bl 
Distribution: Widespread in the Indo-Pacific from Red Sea to the Hawaiian, Marquesan, and Tuamoto Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island; throughout Micronesia. It is a common species in Taiwan, especially in southern part. 
Utility: Marketed fresh. 
Name Code: 382165
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