Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Pomacanthidae  
 Genus Chaetodontoplus  
  Chaetodontoplus melanosoma  (Bleeker, 1853) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Holacanthus melanosoma  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)
Character: Body oval, deep, strongly compressed. Preorbital bone convex and without strong spines. 1 prominent spines at angle of preopercle. Ventral edge of interopercle serrated. Eye moderately small. Mouth small, terminal, protractile, gape not extending to anterior rim or orbit.Scale on middle of body with focus before or just on anterior margin of exposed portion. Dorsal fin with XIII spines and 17-18 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 18 soft rays; caudal fin rounded to slightly emarginate. Overall black to dark brown on body; yellowish brown on head and with numerous yellowish orange spots on forehead; dorsal and anal fins with narrrow yellow margin; caudal fin yellow. 
Habitat: An uncommon species that inhabits coastal reefs and drop-offs that are exposed to strong tidal currents at depths of 5 to 25 m. Juveniles on deep rubble slopes with rich invertebrate growth. Feeds on sponges and tunicates. Solitary or in pairs. 
Distribution: Distributed from the Indo-Malayan region and New Guinea northward to southern Japan. It is very rare and only found in northern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: Marine aquarium fish.  
Name Code: 382294
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