Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Lactariidae  
 Genus Lactarius  
  Lactarius lactarius  (Bloch & Schneider, 1801) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Lactarius burmanicusLactarius delicatulusLactarius lactaScomber lactarius  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)
Character: Body of moderate depth, strongly compressed. Head large. Mouth large and oblique, with protruding lower jaw; a pair of small, sharp canine teeth at front of each jaw. Total gill rakers on first gill arch 16 to 21. Two dorsal fins, the first with VII or VIII spines, the second with I spine and 19 to 23 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 25 to 28 soft rays; caudal fin forked; pectoral fins long and pointed. Cycloid scales moderate in size and easily shed; no scutes along lateral line; 74 to 80 lateral-line scales. Colour in body silver with blue iridescence above; silver-white below; a dusky blotch on upper edge of gill cover; fins pale yellow to colourless; dorsal, anal, and caudal fins sometimes with dusky margin; blue and yellow fade quickly following death. 
Habitat: Found in coastal waters down to a depth of about 100 m. Feeds on sand-dwelling animals. 
Distribution: Distributed in the Indo-West Pacific from East Africa to Southeast Asia, north to Japan, south to Queensland, Australia. Reported from Fiji. It is found in western and southern Taiwanese waters, and Penghu Islands. 
Utility: Marketed fresh and dried salted. 
Name Code: 382047
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