Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Carangidae  
 Genus Alepes  
  Alepes kleinii  (Bloch, 1793) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Alepes kallaAlepes kleinniAlepes megalaspisAlepes paraCaranx kleiniiCaranx microchirCaranx miyakamiiCaranx paraMicropteryx queenslandiaeScomber kleiniiSelar megalaspis  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Lin & Shao(1999)
Character: Body oval, strongly compressed, with ventral profile distinctly more convex than dorsal profile; snout pointed. Eye diameter slightly larger than snout length, with adipose eyelid well developed on posterior half of eye only. Upper jaw broad and slightly concave posteriorly, extending to anterior margin of pupil; upper jaw anteriorly with 2 irregular rows of short conical teeth, posteriorly inner surface of jaw paved with blunt teeth; lower jaw with a single row of short, conical teeth except 2 rows anteriorly. Gill rakers (including rudiments) 10 to 12 on upper limb and 27 to 32 on lower limb of first gill arch (total 38 to 44). Shoulder girdle (cleithrum) margin smooth, without papillae. Two separate dorsal fins, the first with VIII spines, the second with I spine and 23 to 26 soft rays; anal fin with II detached spines followed by I spine and 19 to 22 soft rays; spinous dorsal fin moderately high, longest spine height about equal to length of soft dorsal-fin lobe; upper lobe of caudal fin longer than lower lobe in large adults. Lateral line strongly arched anteriorly, with junction of curved and straight parts below vertical from fourth to sixth soft ray of second dorsal fin; chord of curved part of lateral line contained 1.5 to 2.2 times in straight part (to caudal-fin base); scales in curved part of lateral line 32 to 46; 0 to 2 scutes in curved part; straight part with 0 to 2 scales and 35 to 45 scutes; total scales and scutes in lateral line (excluding scales on caudal fin) 72 to 86. Body bluish grey to green above, silvery below; large black spot on upper margin of opercle and adjacent area of shoulder; dark bands sometimes evident on sides above lateral line; caudal fin dusky to bright yellow, upper lobe with dark fringe; other fins mostly pale to hyaline. 
Habitat: Found inshore and in coastal waters throughout its range. Feed mainly on planktonic crustaceans and larval fishes. 
Distribution: Distributed in Indo-West Pacific, coastal waters from Pakistan to Sri Lanka; east coast of India, Taiwan Island, Okinawa in Japan, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Australia. It very rare and only found in western Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: Marketed fresh and dried salted. 
Name Code: 381508
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