Scientific Name
Halicmetus reticulatus  
Halicmetus reticulatus網紋牙棘茄魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Smith & Radcliffe, 1912 Depth 290 - 610M
Chinese 網紋牙棘茄魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 蝙蝠魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F233 Ogcocephalidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 網紋牙棘茄魚 
Max Length 9 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 棘茄魚 
Distribution in World Australia   Distribution in Taiwan South、North East、Nan Sa IS. 
Habitats Deep Sea、Benthos  Holotype Locality Off Sombrero Island, southern Luzon Island, 13°48'45"N, 120°41'51"E, Philippines, Albatross station 5118, depth 159 fathoms 
Reference Lee, 1988. 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Ho, Endo & Sakamaki, 2007. Ho & Shao, 2008.  Lee, S.-C. 1988 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Nakabo T. 2002 Nakabo T. 2002 Ho, H.C. etc. 2008 
Specimen List ASIZP0055226. ASIZP0057620. ASIZP0058048. ASIZP0058049. ASIZP0062953. NMMSTP00887. NTUM06502. NTUM06504.  
Common Name Batfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal fin rays 3; anal fin rays 4; pectoral fin rays 12-13; pelvic fin rays 5; caudal fin ray 9. Body strongly depressed; disk subtriangular, wider than long; tail relative long. Snout broad and rounded, without conical rostrum; face flatted and upturn, the mouth visible from dorsal view. Illicial cavity small; esca a small flat lobe, ventral broader than dorsal, with fleshy fringe on dorsal edge. Gill 2, gill filaments present on second and third branchial arches. Dorsal and anal fins very short. Tooth on vomer and palatine. Entire body covered with minute bucklers. Dorsal surface with deep-brown reticulate on yellow-brown background; ventral surface white; fins translucent to pale. Peritoneum white.
habitats Habits in the marine bathydemersal. They are awkward, walking on the bottom on their large armlike pectoral fins and smaller pelvic fins. 
Distribution Restricted to Western Pacific from Japam to Philippines. In Taiwan, it occurs in eastern and southern occasionally. 
Utility No commercial value.