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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Lophiiformes  
 Family Ogcocephalidae  
 Genus Halieutaea  
  Halieutaea stellata  (Vahl, 1797) 
Provider: Hsuan-Ching Ho 
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Synonyms:Astrocanthus stellatusHalieutaea maoriaHalieutaea maoriasHalieutaea stallataHalieutaea stellata vittataLophius faujasLophius muricatusLophius stellatus  details
Character: Dorsal fin rays 4; anal fin rays 4; pectoral fin rays 13; pelvic fin rays 5; caudal fin rays 9. Body depressed with a broad circular disk and a tail shorter than disk; head slightly convex in front; mouth large, anteriorly to head; rostrum not project over front of disk, esca visible from above; esca with two not well-separated ventral lobes and a dorsal flap, thin fringe present on entire ventral edge of esca; gill 2 1/2; dorsal surface covered with stout and simple spines, most have more four roots; disk edge including tail spines divided into 3-5 sharp point; dorsal surface covered with dermal spinules between tubercles; ventral surface covered with numerous dermal spinules; interorbit space broader than eye diameter; pinkish to reddish in color; with numerous dark spots arranging in irregular pattern; dorsal, pectoral, and caudal fin with black edge or not. 
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 the Indo-West Pacific Ocaens. It is a very common species around Taiwan. 
Utility: No commercial value. 
Name Code: 381167
  IUCN Red List:LC      Marine     
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