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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Caesionidae  
 Genus Dipterygonotus  
  Dipterygonotus balteatus  (Valenciennes, 1830) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Dipterogonotus leucogramicusDipterygonatus balteatusDipterygonotus balteataDipterygonotus gruveliDipterygonotus leucogrammicusDipterygonotus leucogrammieusSmaris balteatus  details
Citation: 福建魚類誌(朱等, 1985)
Character: Body slender, fusiform, elongate and moderately compressed. Two postmaxillary processes; small conical teeth on dentary and vomer; premaxilla and palatines without teeth. Dorsal fin usually with XIV spines and 8 to 11 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and usually 9 or 10 soft rays; pectoral fin with 16 to 19 rays. Scales in lateral line 68 to 80; upper peduncular scale rows 11 to 14, lower peduncular scale rows 15 to 18; scale rows above lateral line to origin of dorsal fin 9 to 1 1 ; scale rows below lateral line to origin of anal fin 15 to 18; usually 6 to 9 scale rows on cheek; predorsal scales usually 29 to 34; dorsal and anal fins without scales, supratemporal band of scales indistinct, scales in interorbital region reaching near to ascending premaxillary process. Body brownish bronze dorsally; silvery white ventrally; a thin, straight, tan stripe about 1 scale wide from orbit to caudal fin, directly above lateral line for the anterior half of its length, about 2 scales above lateral line on caudal peduncle; above and parallel to this stripe 2 thin, irregular, and usually interrupted stripes of the same colour. Dorsal, anal, pelvic, and pectoral fins clear to pinkish; axil of pectoral fin black; caudal fin tan to pinkish. 
Habitat: Primarily a near-shore pelagic species, but swims mainly in open water away from reefs. Mixed with other planktivores and is easily overlooked. Feeds on zooplankton. 
Distribution: Widespread in the Indo-Pacific, from East Africa, not including the Red Sea or Arabian (Persian) Gulf, to the Solomon Islands. It is very rare and only found in Penghu Is.. 
Utility: Occasionally marketed fresh. Important as a tuna baitfish in the Maldives and the Laccadive Archipelago. 
Name Code: 382092
  IUCN Red List:LC      Marine     
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