Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Kyphosidae  
 Genus Girella  
  Girella punctata  Gray, 1835 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Crenidens melanichthys  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);福建魚類誌(朱等, 1985)
Character: Body oblong. Mouth small, not extending posteriorly beyond eye; upper lip thin; maxilla covered by suborbital; outer teeth in jaws mostly tricupsid incisors. Single dorsal fin with XIV to XV spines and 12 to 15 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 11-13 soft rays (usually 12); pelvic fins inserted just under or distinctly just posterior to pectoral-fin base; caudal fin broadly forked. Scales small, ctenoid, extending onto cheeks and upper part of opercles, and bases of dorsal and anal fins but not covering most of soft portion of dorsal and anal fins. Lateral line scales 50-56. Body uniformly dark bluish grey to greenish grey above and silvery below; posterior margin of opercle not black; each scales on body with garker dots on middle or base.  
Habitat: Coastal and estuarine, mostly on hard substrate bottoms that support algal growth, from the intertidal zone to a depth of about 25 m. Juveniles associate with drifting seaweed. Feed on encrusting and floating algae and incidentally on small crustaceans. 
Distribution: Northwest Pacific from southern Hokkaido southward (except the Ryukyu Islands) to Japan, Taiwan and the East China Sea. Widely around coral reefs in Taiwan. 
Utility: Food fish; marketed fresh.  
Name Code: 381912
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