Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Mugiliformes  
 Family Mugilidae  
 Genus Ellochelon  
  Ellochelon vaigiensis  (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Chelon vaigiensisLiza parmataLiza vaigensisLiza vaigiensisMugil delicatusMugil macrolepidotusMugil melanochirMugil rossiiMugil tegobuanMugil vaigiensisMugil waigiensis  details
Citation: Chen et al (1997);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999);Fish of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)
Character: Body robust. Caudal peduncle deep. Head broad, wider than deep and dorsally flattened. Upper lip with 1 or 2 rows of very short, unicuspid, setiform teeth. Lower lip directed forwards with 1 row of fine villiform teeth. Vomer edentate. Adipose eyefold poorly developed as rim around eye. Gill rakers on lower limb of first gill arch 40 to 67, shorter than longest gill filaments. Origin of first dorsal fin distinctly closer to base of caudal fin than tip of snout; anal fin with III spines and 8 soft rays; caudal fin square. Scales weakly ctenoid (cycloid in juveniles), commonly 26 in longitudinal series, 8 to 10 in transverse series; 7 to 9 scales in longitudinal series anterior to tip of pectoral fins and 17 or 18 anterior to origin of second dorsal fin; 16 scales in transverse series entirely around caudal peduncle. Body olive-brown dorsally, flanks silvery, abdomen white or suffused pale yellow; about 6 longitudinal stripes on flanks formed by longitudinal marks on scales; scales also with darkened margins giving slight chequered appearance to flanks; iris with yellow patches; margins of fins dusky, otherwise yellowish white; pelvic fins pale except for darker margins; caudal fin distinctly yellow; pectoral fins completely black in small fish; lower section yellowish in adults. 
Habitat: Occurs in lagoons, reef flats and is common along protected sandy shorelines. Frequently enters estuaries and rivers. Forms large schools, frequently in mangrove areas. Juveniles may be found in rice fields and mangroves and may be used as bait fish. 
Distribution: Throughout the Indo-Pacific from East Africa to Tuamotu Islands; north to southern Japan, south to southern Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia. It is found in western and northern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: Marketed fresh. 
Name Code: 381181
  IUCN Red List:LC      Marine     
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