Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Beryciformes  
 Family Trachichthyidae  
 Genus Hoplostethus  
  Hoplostethus melanopus  (Weber, 1913) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Hoplostethus natalensisLeiogaster melanopus  details
Citation: The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002);Fishbase(2003)
Character: Dorsal fin with VI-V spines and 13-16 soft rays; anal fin with II-III spines and 8-10 soft rays. Caudal fin forked. Small ctenoid scales cover the body. Body black brown, all fins are light brown except for Pectoral fin. Body and head brownish grey; fins dusky to blackish. 
Habitat: Lives close to the bottom. Inhait bathydemersal marine environment; depth range 400 - 914 m. 
Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: Natal in South Africa, Somalia, the United Arabic Emirates on the Madagascar Ridge to Japan (Jon Moore, pers. comm.) and Indonesia. Southeast Atlantic: off Namibia and Cape Town, South Africa. 
Utility: No commercial species. 
Name Code: 380944
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