Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Mugiliformes  
 Family Mugilidae  
 Genus Moolgarda  
  Moolgarda seheli  (Forsskål, 1775) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Liza caeruleomaculatusLiza melinopteraLiza seheliMoolgarda delicataMugil axillarisMugil bleekeriMugil borbonicusMugil caeruleomaculataMugil caeruleomaculatusMugil caeruleornaculatusMugil coeruleomaculatus details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999);Fish of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)
Character: Body moderately robust. Head as wide as deep or slightly wider and dorsally flattened. Snout short and blunt; shorter than eye diameter. Teeth on both lips minute and villiform in 1 row or absent. Vomerine teeth present or absent. Adipose eyefold poorly developed as rim around eye. Gill rakers on lower limb of first gill arch 39 to 73, usually more than 50. Two dorsal fins; anal fin with III spines and 9 soft rays; caudal fin forked. Scales with a membranous, digitated hind margin; 38 to 40 in longitudinal series; 12 to 14 in transverse series; 10 to 14 scales in longitudinal series anterior to tip of pectoral fins and 24 or 25 anterior to origin of second dorsal fin; 18 to 20 scales in transverse series entirely around caudal peduncle. Body bluish brown or green dorsally; flanks and abdomen silvery; dusky spots on upper rows of scales, giving indistinct longitudinal stripes; dorsal and caudal fins bluish, also dusky in second dorsal and caudal; anal, pelvic, and particularly pectoral fins yellowish; pectoral fins also with dark blue spot dorsally at origin. 
Habitat: Inhabits coastal waters but enters estuaries and rivers where it feeds on microalgae, filamentous algae, forams, diatoms, and detritus associated with sand and mud. Forms schools. Also caught using stakenets, barrier nets, and pouch nets during spawning;  
Distribution: Widespread throughout Indo-Pacific, from East Africa and Red Sea to theMarquesas Islands; north to Japan and Hawaii, and south to southern Queensland and New Caledonia. It is a common species in Taiwan except eastern part. 
Utility: Marketed fresh and perhaps salted, boiled, canned or frozen; roe salted. 
Name Code: 381188
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