Scientific Name
Calliurichthys japonicus  
Calliurichthys japonicus日本美尾䲗
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Houttuyn, 1782) Depth 10 - 208M
Chinese 日本美尾䲗 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 鼠䲗科 Economic Fish No 
Family F453 Callionymidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 日本美尾䲗 
Max Length 20 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 老鼠、狗圻 
Distribution in World Australia   Distribution in Taiwan West、North、PonFu 
Habitats Deep Sea、Benthos、Coastal  Holotype Locality Nagasaki, Japan 
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002);Fishbase(2006);李承運(2012)臺灣海域鼠科魚類之分類與分子演化研究。海洋生物研究所碩士論文。臺灣海洋大學。236頁。  Nakabo T. 2002 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List ASIZP0059398. ASIZP0061905. ASIZP0062202. ASIZP0063087. ASIZP0063263. ASIZP0063264. ASIZP0064115. ASIZP0064558. ASIZP0065041. ASIZP0066364. ASIZP0073730. ASIZP0700125. ASIZP0900352.  
Common Name Dragonet 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body elongate, depressed. Head extremely depressed. Preopercular spine short with 6-13 very short processes on inner side. In males, 1st and 2nd dorsal spines elongate and filamentous. Caudal fin very elongate. Ground coloration dark brown, ventral parts of body light brown or white. Back with some darker saddles, sides of body with a row of black blotches. First dorsal fin with an ocellate black blotch on third membrane. Anal fin with a broad distal black streak. Second dorsal fin, caudal fin, pectoral and pelvic fins with brownish spots and blotches.
habitats Inhabits shallow to deep waters, on sandy mud bottoms, a depth range to 208 m. Feeds mainly on amphipods, polychaetes, bivalves, gastropods and ophiuroids. 
Distribution Distributed in the western Pacific, invluding Taiwan, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and northwestern Australia, Chesterfield Islands. It is found in western and northeastern Taiwanese waters, and Penghu Islands. 
Utility No commercial value.