Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Lophiiformes  
 Family Ogcocephalidae  
 Genus Malthopsis  
  Malthopsis tiarella  Jordan, 1902 
Provider: Hsuan-Ching Ho 
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Citation: Ho HC, K Koeda. 2019. A new Malthopsis batfish from Taiwan, with comments on Malthopsis tiarella Jordan, 1902 (Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae). Zootaxa 4702(1):73-86.
Character: Body depressed, disk triangular; rostrum small and pointed, upturned, with horn-shaped tubercular; illicial cavity narrow with a trianglur opeoing; mouth small, overhung by rostrum; illicium short; esca a single dorsal bulb; tooth villiform band on jaws, vomer, palatines and tongue; gill 2, holobranchs on arches 2 and 3; membranes connecting pectoral pedicels with trunk; skin tough, cover with large bony bucklers; ventral surface cover with numerous dermal spinules between backlers; subopercular spines well-developed, none directed forward; caudal slightly rounded; longest anal fin ray not beyond base of caudal; dorsal without black ring-like markings; dark cross-bands present on dorsal fin, caudal peduncle and caudal fin. 
Habitat: Habits in the marine bathydemersal. They are awkward, walking on the bottom on their large armlike pectoral fins and smaller pelvic fins. 
Distribution: Widely distributed in thr Indo-West Pacific from South Africa to Japan. It occurs in the northeast Taiwan off Suao. 
Utility: No commercial value. 
Name Code: 383453
  IUCN Red List:LC      Marine     
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