Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Malacanthidae  
 Genus Branchiostegus  
  Branchiostegus albus  Dooley, 1978 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)
Character: Body quadriform and square-headed. Preopercle finely serrated to its angle with a slight indention above the angle is about 105°. Eye high on head and proportionately small, 20 to 24% head length. Posterior margin of jaw not quite or just reaching a vertical at anterior eye margin. Caudal fin double emarginate. Pelvic fins comparatively broad, with rounded posterior margin. First haemal spine characteristically very recurved. Upper body silvery white with a pink hue (fresh specimens); belly white; snout yellow-pink, cheek with a broad silvery band from suborbit to upper jaw; dorsal-fin membrane translucent with some areas of white or pink; a dark band along margin of spinous dorsal fin; pectoral fins translucent; pelvic fins milky white with some overlying dusky tint; predorsal ridge prominent and pale yellowish; caudal fin dusky, lower lobe not dark, the rays yellow at base, the membranes with small yellow spots, the dorsal and ventral edges mainly white. 
Habitat: Inhabits sandy and muddy areas. 
Distribution: Distributed in Northwest Pacific from southern Japan and East China Sea to Taiwan. It is mainly found in northern and northeastern Taiwanese waters, also in southwestern and western parts. 
Utility: Marketed mostly fresh.  
Name Code: 382144
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