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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Leiognathidae  
 Genus Leiognathus  
  Leiognathus berbis  (Valenciennes, 1835) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Equula berbisLeiognathus moretoniensisLeiognathus oblongusScomber equula minimus  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);福建魚類誌(朱等, 1985)
Character: Body moderately elongate and compressed, its depth 2.3 to 2.8 times in standard length; dorsal and ventral profiles about equally convex, but a more or less distinct notch present at nape. Mouth pointing downward when protracted; teeth arranged in villiform bands, though these may contract to a single row laterally in young specimens. Dorsal-fin spines slender, the second equal to or, in adults, slightly longer than 1/2 height of body. Head scaleless, but scales present on breast. Belly silvery; back greenish to brownish with light grey, crowded, irregular vermiculations extending on sides to slightly below lateral line, where lines become serially arranged and angle forward; snout and underside of pectoral-fin base dotted black; dorsal, anal, pectoral, and pelvic fins colourless. 
Habitat: Inhabits inshore coastal waters. Feeds on small crustaceans and bivalves. 
Distribution: Distributed in the Indo-West Pacific from Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, off Zanzibar, along the Indian coasts and off Sri Lanka. Elsewhere, eastern Indian Ocean and southeast Asia. It is found in southwestern and southern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: Larger specimens marketed fresh or dried-salted but most of the catch made into fishmeal or discarded.  
Name Code: 382050
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