Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Aulopiformes  
 Family Synodontidae  
 Genus Synodus  
  Synodus tectus  Cressey, 1981 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Citation: Chen J-P, H-C Ho, and K-T Shao. 2007. A New Lizardfish (Aulopiformes: Synodontidae) from Taiwan, with descriptions of three new records. Zool. Stud. 46(2): 148-154
Character: Body subcylindrical, slihgtly depressed on head. Snout short, the dorsal contour a litter concave. Orbit longer than snout. Anteriormost palatine teeth longer than more posterior teeth and in a discrete group. Head and body with cycloid scales; cheek behind mouth scaled; scales above lateral line 3.5(rarely 4.5). Dorsal fin about midway on back, with 14; anal fin with 10; Pectoral fins not extending to a line from pelvic-fin origin to dorsal-fin origin; caudal fin forked. About 10 T shaped dark blockes on side of body, and dorsal tip of snout with a pair of small black spots. 
Habitat: Found on sandy or mud bottoms from 10 to 20 m. 
Distribution: Distributed in tropical and subtropical coastal waters of Indo-West Pacific from Red Sea and Mozambique to the Andaman Sea and southern Japan, south to Arafura Sea and New Caledonia. It very rare and only found in southern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: Marketed fresh. 
Name Code: 380851
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