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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Lophiiformes  
 Family Ogcocephalidae  
 Genus Malthopsis  
  Malthopsis kobayashii  Tanaka, 1916 
Provider: FishDB 
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Synonyms:Malthopsis kobayashiMalthopsis luteaMalthopsis luteusMalthopsis luteus provocator  details
Ho, HC, KT. Shao. 2010. Redescription of Malthopsis lutea Alcock, 1891 and resurrection of M. kobayashi Tanaka, 1916 (Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae). Journal of the National Taiwan Museum, 63(3):1-18. 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 pointed, upturned, with long 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; body yellowish-brown, ventral pale. 
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 ocean form south Africa, Philippines, to Indonisia and Japan. It is a common species occurring in the eastern and southwestern Taiwan off Yilan to Pingtung. 
Utility: No commercial value. 
Name Code: 437406
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Hsuan-Ching Ho2020-07-15
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