Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Mullidae  
 Genus Upeneus  
  Upeneus japonicus  (Houttuyn, 1782) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Mullus bensasiMullus japonicusUpeneoides bensasiUpeneoides tokisensisUpeneus guttatus  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishbase(2003)
Character: Body moderately elongate. Chin with 2 slender long barbels which reach posterior margin of preopercle. Mouth small; villiform teeth in a narrow band in jaws, on palatines, and in 2 small patches on vomer. First gill arch with 6 to 8 gill rakers on upper limb, 17 to 19 on lower limb (total 23 to 27). Two well-separated dorsal fins, the first with VII spines, and the second with 9 soft rays; anal fin with 7 soft rays; pectoral-fin rays 15 to 17. Lateral-line scales 31 to 33; Preorbital scales present; small scales basally on second dorsal and anal fins. Without a golden yellow stripe about as broad as pupil from behind upper part of eye to upper base of caudal fin; back above stripe silvery pink, below silvery; snout silvery pink; upper lobe of caudal fin with 2 to 4 oblique red cross bars, the lower lobe light red; dorsal fins with red stripes; barbels white to pink; peritoneum brown to dark brown.  
Habitat: Widespread in sandy regions. Usually occurs in schools. 
Distribution: Known only in the western Pacific from Japan as far north as Hokkaido and Korea south to Taiwan and Hong Kong. It is a common species in Taiwan except southern part. 
Utility: Marketed fresh. Utilized for fish meal. 
Name Code: 382178
Suggested Link    The Fish Database of Taiwan  FishBase  Discover Life  World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)  Taiwan Biodiversity Network (TBN) 
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