Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Sphyraenidae  
 Genus Sphyraena  
  Sphyraena japonica  Bloch & Schneider, 1801 ( 👉 redirect to new TaiCOL )
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)
Character: Body elongate, subcylindrical or slightly compressed. Head long, pointed, scaly on sides and posteriorly on top. Mouth nearly horizontal, large. Jaws elongate, the lower one considerably projecting; large, sharp, flattened or conical teeth of unequal size on jaws and palatines; usually 1 or 2 strong, sharp canines near tip of lower jaw. Maxilla reaching to below anterior nostril. First gill arch with 1 prominent gill raker. Two short dorsal fins, widely separated; first with V strong spines inserted about opposite to or behind pelvic fins; second with I spine and 9 soft rays; anal fin with II spines and 8 soft rays; origin of pelvic fins slightly behind first dorsal-fin origin; caudal fin forked. Lateral-line scales 119 to 136. Body without a narrow dark stripe on the lower flank; no dark blotch on body near pelvic-fin base; caudal fin darkish.  
Habitat: Found near shore. Feeds on fishes. 
Distribution: Distributed in Western Pacific from Southern Japan to South China Sea. It is a very common species in Taiwan 
Utility: Marketed fresh. 
Name Code: 382648
Suggested Link    The Fish Database of Taiwan  FishBase  Discover Life  World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)  Taiwan Biodiversity Network (TBN) 
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