Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Lophiiformes  
 Family Ogcocephalidae  
 Genus Halicmetus  
  Halicmetus ruber  Alcock, 1891 
Provider: Hsuan-Ching Ho 
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Synonyms:Halicmetes ruber  details
Ho, H.-C. , H. Endo, and K. Sakamaki. 2008. A new species of Halicmetus (Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae) from the western Pacific, with comments on congeners. Zoological Studies v. 47 (no. 6): 767-773.
Character: Dorsal fin rays 0; anal fin rays 4; pectoral fin rays 12-13; pelvic fin rays 5; caudal fin ray 9. Body strongly depressed; disk subtriangular, wider than long; tail relative long; snout broad and rounded, without conical rostrum; face flatted and upturn, the mouth visible from dorsal view; illicial cavity small; esca a small flat lobe, ventral broader than dorsal, with fleshy fringe on dorsal edge; gill 2, gill filaments present on second and third branchial arches; tooth on vomer and palatine; dorsal fin absent; anal fin very short; dorsal surface pale to gray, without any color pattern; ventral surface white; fins translucent and pale; peritoneum gray to brown.  
Habitat: Habits in the marine bathydemersal. They are awkward, walking on the bottom on their large armlike pectoral fins and smaller pelvic fins. 
Distribution: Widely distributed throughout the Indo-west Pacific Ocena. It is a common species in around Taiwan, usually occurring in the northwestern off Yi-lan and Suao. 
Utility: No commercial value. 
Name Code: 383397
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