Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Sillaginidae  
 Genus Sillago  
  Sillago japonica  Temminck & Schlegel, 1843 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);福建魚類誌(朱等, 1985)
Character: Body elongate. Opercle with small sharp spine; lower part of preopercle horizontal. Snout long and conical. Mouth small, terminal; end of upper jaw sliding below preorbital bone. Teeth villiform, in broad bands; small teeth on roof of mouth restricted to anterior part of vomer, none on palatines. Two separate dorsal fins, first dorsal fin with XI spines; second dorsal fin with I spine and 21 to 23 soft rays; anal fin with II slender spines and 22 to 24 soft rays. Cheek scales ctenoid. Lateral line with 70 to 73 scales. Vertebrae 14 + 8-10 + 9-11 (total 35). Swim bladder with anterior projecting extensions and a single posterior extension. Body is greenish gray above, the dorsal part of the head being the darker, and whitish below. Fins are mostly hyaline; the membrane between the first to the third dorsal fin spines with minute dark brown dots; the margins of the dorsal fin with a few dark brown spots; ccaudal fin with dark margins. 
Habitat: Occurs in bays on shallow sandy flats. Greatly esteemed for its delicate flavor. 
Distribution: Northwest Pacific, including Japan, Korea, China, and Taiwan. Possibly to the Philippines. It is found in northwestern Taiwanese waters, and Penghu Islands. 
Utility: Marketed mostly fresh.  
Name Code: 382628
  IUCN Red List:LC      Marine     
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