Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Ateleopodiformes  
 Family Ateleopodidae  
 Genus Ateleopus  
  Ateleopus japonicus  Bleeker, 1853 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Atelopus japonicus  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002);中國動物誌-鯨口魚目(陳等, 2002)
Character: Elongate fishes with soft, flabby body; trunk short; tail elongate, compressed and tapering. Longest ray of pelvic fin thin, long reaching to or near tip of pectoral fin. Lip of upper jaw thin. Upper jaw with a short band of villiform teeth; lower jaw, palatine, pre vomer and tongue toothless. Body purplish-brown, semi-transparent. 
Habitat: Sandy-muddy bottoms from 140 to 600m depth. Little known of general biology. 
Distribution: Pacific coast of Japan southward from Okinawa Trough to Taiwan, Malaysia and the Chesterfield Islands. It found in northeastern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: No commercial importance. 
Name Code: 380819
  IUCN Red List:LC      Marine     
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