Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Stromateidae  
 Genus Pampus  
  Pampus echinogaster  (Basilewsky, 1855) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Stromateus echinogaster  details
Citation: Chen, C.H. 2004. Checklist of the fishes of Penghu. Fisheries Research Institute, Council of Agriculture. FRI Special Publication No. 4: 175 pp.(in Chinese)
Character: Body very deep, and compressed. Snout blunt, forehead arched slightly. Area of wavy ridges almost reaching level of upper origin of pectoral fin. Eye small, central, slightly shorter than snout. Mouth small, subterminal, curved downward posteriorly; barely reaching beyond anterior margin of eye. Operculum absent; gill opening reduced to a vertical slit on the side of the body; gill membrane broadly united to isthmus; gill rakers small and slender. Dorsal and anal fins subequal in size, originating behind pectoral-fin bases, both stiff and lobe-like anteriorly, preceded by a series of 5 to 10 blade-like spines with anterior and posterior points; dorsal-fin rays 45 to 50; anal-fin rays 42 to 48; pelvic fins absent. caudal fin deeply forked, the lower lobe longer than the upper. Gray above grading to silvery white towards the belly, with small black dots all over the body.  
Habitat: Found in the sublittoral zone on sandy mud bottoms. 
Distribution: Northwest Pacific from the central Japan, East China Sea and Taiwan. It is found in Penghu Is., weastern Taiwan. 
Utility: Marketed fresh. 
Name Code: 382655
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