Scientific Name
Centriscus scutatus  
Centriscus scutatus玻甲魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Linnaeus, 1758 Depth 3 - 100M
Chinese 玻甲魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 玻甲魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F299 Centriscidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 玻甲魚 
Max Length 15 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 蝦魚、玻璃魚、甲香魚、刀片魚 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan East、West、South、North、PonFu 
Habitats Coral、Benthos、Coastal  Holotype Locality East India 
Synonyms Centricus scutatus, Centriscus capito   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List AMNH90065. ASIZP0053857. ASIZP0054745. ASIZP0055437. ASIZP0055668. ASIZP0061305. ASIZP0063611. ASIZP0074536. ASIZP0080180. ASIZP0916890. FMNH59149Holotype. FRIP00024. FRIP00196. NMMBP00006. NMMBP01176. NMMBP01206. NMMBP04687. NMMBP04688. NMNSF00241. NMNSF00243. NMNSF00456. NMNSF01609. NTMP0857. NTUM05372. NTUM05373. NTUM05375. NTUM05376. NTUM05377. NTUM05378. SIO69-427. SIO70-274b.  
Common Name Wafer; Grooved razorfish; Grooved razor-fish; Grooved shrimpfish; Guttersnipefish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body elongate, strongly compressed, and blade-like. Head elongate; snout long, slender, and tubular; mouth small, toothless, located at tip of snout. Interorbital space with a groove continued to crown of head. Two short-based dorsal fins; first dorsal-fin spine fused with body armour plate, without a movable spinous ray at its end; all other spinous and soft portions of dorsal fins on ventral surface of body; caudal fin small, on ventral surface, nearly at right angle to body axis; pelvic fins small, with 4 short soft rays, originating at or behind midbody. Lateral line absent. Body enclosed in a flattened, transparent, bony casing with sharp ventral edge. Colour silvery, with a dusky lateral streak running length of body; 7 or 8 silvery crossbars on ventral plates.
habitats Inhabits sandy or muddy floors of shallow inlet waters. Usually in large schools among branching corals, seawhip gardens and black coral bushes to about 15 m depth. Small juveniles in surface waters and sometimes in small groups along beach edges in quite 
Distribution Distributed in the Indo-Pacific from Red Sea and Arabian Gulf to New Guinea, north to southern Japan, south to New South Wales, Australia. It is a common species in Taiwan except eastern part. 
Utility No commercial value. Usually processed into fishmeal.