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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Trichiuridae  
 Genus Tentoriceps  
  Tentoriceps cristatus  (Klunzinger, 1884) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Pseudoxymetopon sinensisTrichiurus cristatusdetails
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.6(FAO, 2001)
Character: Body extremely elongate and strongly compressed, ribbon-like, tapering to a point. Dorsal profile of head evenly convex; mouth large with a dermal process at tip of each jaw; lower hind margin of gill cover convex; eye very large situated laterally, its diameter 5 or 6 times in head length; 2 or 3 fangs in upper and 2 fangs in lower jaw, a single series of sharp compressed lateral teeth in both jaws. A single, long-based, dorsal fin with V spines and 126 to 144 soft rays; anal fin represented by I minute first spine and I scale-like second spine, situated below 47th to 50th soft dorsal-fin ray, reduced to minute spinules buried in skin thereafter; pectoral fins short, not reaching lateral line; pelvic fins present but reduced to scale-like processes; caudal fin absent, posterior part of body tapering to a point. Lateral line running almost straight mid-lateral, or slightly nearer ventral than dorsal contour. In fresh specimens, body silvery white becoming silvery grey with dark cloud-like patches after death; each jaw, dorsal and anal-fin bases sooty. 
Habitat: Benthopelagic or pelagic in coastal waters but not found where there is low salinity. Feeds mainly on small fishes, squids and crustaceans. 
Distribution: Distributed in the Indo-West Pacific from Red Sea, Mozambique channel, Saya- de Malha Bank, Chagos Islands, Andaman Sea, Northwest and North Australia, South China Sea, East China Sea, Tasman Sea, Philippines, Taiwan and southern Japan. It is mainly foun 
Utility: Marketed fresh and dried salted in the Philippines. 
Name Code: 382663
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