Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Uranoscopidae  
 Genus Uranoscopus  
  Uranoscopus bicinctus  Temminck & Schlegel, 1843 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishbase(2006)
Character: Head and body depressed, compressed posteriorly. Top of head with bony tubercles, shallowly concave. Depression on interorbital space not exending to line connecting posterior rims of orbits. Lower edge of preoperculum with 4 spines. Cleithral spine large and stout. Posterior nostril silt-like. Respiratory valve inside lower jaw with a long, orange, worm-like appendage. Two dorsal fins, the first fin black with white area at base and with IV or V weak spines, the second dorsal fin with 12 or 13 soft rays; anal-fin rays 13. Body dark brown with 3 distinct broad black bands. 
Habitat: Found above 100 m on sandy gravel bottom. Lives on muddy substrates and rarely observed. Hides in sandy bottoms and sucks up animals with sand and debris into the mouth. 
Distribution: Distributed in the Indo-West Pacific from India east to Indochina, then north to Japan and China to the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia. It is found in southwestern and northeastern Taiwanese waters, and Penghu Islands. 
Utility: No commercial value. 
Name Code: 382680
Suggested Link    The Fish Database of Taiwan  FishBase  Discover Life  World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)  Taiwan Biodiversity Network (TBN) 
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