Scientific Name
Saurida nebulosa  
Saurida nebulosa雲紋蛇鯔
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Valenciennes, 1850 Depth 0 - 5M
Chinese 雲紋蛇鯔 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 合齒魚科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F187 Synodontidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 雲紋蛇鯔 
Max Length 16.5 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 狗母梭、狗母 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South 
Habitats Coral、Benthos、Estuary、Coastal  Holotype Locality Mauritius, Mascarenes, southwestern Indian Ocean 
Synonyms Saurida gracilis   
Reference 臺灣脊椎動物誌(陳兼善, 1969);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.3(FAO,1999);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List ASIZP0057096. ASIZP0057097. ASIZP0066534. ASIZP0071543. ASIZP0071548. ASIZP0080443. ASIZP0801817. ASIZP0911817. NMMBP02665.  
Common Name Nebulous lizardfish; Clouded lizardfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body elongate, slender, and cylindrical. Eye moderate; laterally directed. Adipose eyelid on anterior and posterior margins of eye. Mouth large, gape tending to be oblique. Upper jaw not protractile, bordered its entire length by premaxilla, its length more than 1/2 head length and extending well past posterior margin of orbit. Inner palatine teeth in 2 distinct rows, and teethless on vomer. Branchiostegals 13. Head and body with cycloid scales, present on procurrent and primary caudal fin rays. Lateral-line scales with 49 to 51; scales not enlarged, not extending beyond base of caudal fin, procurrent and primary caudal-fin rays with scales. Dorsal fin about midway on back, with 10-11 rays; anal fin with 9-10; Pectoral fins short, tip just reaches pelvic-fin insertion and reaches not closer to dorsal-fin origin than fourth predorsal scale row, usually 12 rays (rarely 11 or 13); caudal fin forked. Body with dark blotches, without blackish vertical bands; dorsal, caudal and pelvic fins with dark traverse bands.
habitats Inhabits coastal waters on sand and mud bottoms, often at the mouths of fresh-water streams, in depths between 2 and 60 m. Sometimes found in coral lagoons. 
Distribution Widespread in the West Pacific from Mauritius to Hawaii, north to Japan south to Australia. It found in southwestern and northeastern Taiwanese waters, and Penghu Is.. 
Utility No importance to fisheries.