Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Uranoscopidae  
 Genus Uranoscopus  
  Uranoscopus japonicus  Houttuyn, 1782 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishbase(2006)
Character: Head and body depressed, compressed posteriorly. Top of head with bony tubercles, shallowly concave. Depression on interorbital space not exending to line connecting posterior rims of orbits. Lower edge of preoperculum with 3 spines. Cleithral spine large and stout. Posterior nostril silt-like. Respiratory valve inside lower jaw with foliaceous flap in juveniles, lacking in adults. Two dorsal fins, the first fin black with white area at base and with IV or V weak spines, the second dorsal fin with 13 to 15 soft rays; anal-fin rays 14 or 15. Body dark brown, white below; any white blotches scattered on upper half of body. 
Habitat: Found near shore, down to 260 m, on sand and sandy mud bottoms. Spend a large part of their time buried in the mud or sand with only their eyes and a portion of the mouth protruding. 
Distribution: Distributed in the western Pacific from southern Japan to the South China Sea except Ryukyu Islands. It is a common species in Taiwan except eastern part. 
Utility: No commercial value. 
Name Code: 382682
  IUCN Red List:LC      Marine     
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