Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Lampridiformes  
 Family Veliferidae  
 Genus Velifer  
  Velifer hypselopterus  Bleeker, 1879 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Velifer africanus  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);福建魚類誌(朱等, 1985);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)
Character: Body deep, strongly compressed. Eye moderately large. Upper jaw highly protrusible; teeth absent. Anterior dorsal- and anal-fin elements retractable in a thick, scaly sheath of skin located at base of fin portions. Dorsal and anal fins long, with anterior elements moderately to conspicuously elongate; both fins shaped like large fans; total dorsal-fin rays 33 to 44; total anal-fin rays 25 to 35; anterior elements of both fins are I-II spines. Body blue-green with 5 to 7 dark vertical bars between nape and caudal peduncle; dorsal and anal fins with blue and bright yellow bands, giving the appearance of yellow spots against a blue background; a black blotch of pigment on posterior portion of dorsal fin. 
Habitat: Rare fishes; inhabits in shallow to moderate depths down to 110 m. 
Distribution: Found in southern Madagascar and also reported from India, Viet Nam and Japan. Also found in Indonesia, the Arafura Sea and northwestern Australia. It found in southwestern and northeastern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: No commercial importance.  
Name Code: 381136
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