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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Terapontidae  
 Genus Mesopristes  
  Mesopristes cancellatus  (Cuvier, 1829) ( 👉 redirect to new TaiCOL )
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Synonyms:Datnia cancellataTerapon cancellatusTherapon cancellataTherapon cancellatus  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)
Character: Body moderately deep, distinctly compressed laterally. Upper jaw longer than lower jaw, increasingly so in larger specimens; upper jaw fleshy and forming a prominent fleshy pad with age. Teeth conical, outer row enlarged and followed by bands of villiform teeth in each jaw; vomer and palatines toothless. Preopercle serrate. First gill arch with 9 to 11 gill rakers on upper limb, 16 to 19 on lower limb. Dorsal fin with XI or XII spines and 10 or 11 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 8 or 9 soft rays.Pore scales in lateral line 48 to 58. Dorsal portions of body grey, ventral part of body silvery to silvery white; body with 3 dark longitudinal stripes and with 5 dark oblique cross bars dorsal to uppermost stripe. Fins grey whitish to light yellow. 
Habitat: Inhabits salt and brackish waters of bays and estuaries, penetrating into fresh water. Juveniles are sometimes found in streams within 5-10 km of the sea. 
Distribution: From Sumatra eastward through rest of Indonesia, New Guinea, and Vanuatu to the Solomon Islands; north to the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. It is very rare and only found from freshwater to brackish-water regions of rivers in southwestern Taiwan. 
Utility: Food fish; marketed fresh.  
Name Code: 382657
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