Scientific Name
Hoplostethus melanopus  
Hoplostethus melanopus黑首胸燧鯛
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Weber, 1913) Depth 400 - 914M
Chinese 黑首胸燧鯛 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 燧鯛科 Economic Fish No 
Family F280 Trachichthyidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 黑首胸棘鯛 
Max Length 25 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 黑首燧鯛、燧鯛 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South 
Habitats Deep Sea  Holotype Locality Halmahera Sea, 1°10'S, 130°9'E, Siboga station 161, depth 798 meters 
Synonyms Hoplostethus atlanticus, Hoplostethus mediterraneus, Hoplostethus natalensis, Leiogaster melanopus   
Reference The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002);Fishbase(2003)  Carpenter, K. E. etc. 1999 Nakabo T. 2002 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List ASIZP0057198. ASIZP0058638. ASIZP0058641. ASIZP0058700. ASIZP0061035. ASIZP0061130. ASIZP0061456. ASIZP0061503. ASIZP0061614. ASIZP0061615. ASIZP0061752. ASIZP0063658. ASIZP0064102. ASIZP0064135. ASIZP0064212. ASIZP0064373. ASIZP0065018. ASIZP0066079. ASIZP0066082. ASIZP0066083. ASIZP0066093. ASIZP0066158. ASIZP0066293. ASIZP0066698. ASIZP0066699. ASIZP0066825. ASIZP0066890. ASIZP0068039. ASIZP0070610. ASIZP0070632. ASIZP0070704. ASIZP0071133. ASIZP0074387. ASIZP0080454. ASIZP0080625. ASIZP0080626. ASIZP0700272. ...List all 54 records... 
Barcode2008-03-25,Kui-Ching Hsu,CO1,100% 2008-03-25,Kui-Ching Hsu,CO1,100%
Common Name Smallscale slimehead 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal fin with VI-V spines and 13-16 soft rays; anal fin with II-III spines and 8-10 soft rays. Caudal fin forked. Small ctenoid scales cover the body. Body black brown, all fins are light brown except for Pectoral fin. Body and head brownish grey; fins dusky to blackish.
habitats Lives close to the bottom. Inhait bathydemersal marine environment; depth range 400 - 914 m. 
Distribution Indo-West Pacific: Natal in South Africa, Somalia, the United Arabic Emirates on the Madagascar Ridge to Japan (Jon Moore, pers. comm.) and Indonesia. Southeast Atlantic: off Namibia and Cape Town, South Africa. 
Utility No commercial species.