Scientific Name
Paracaesio stonei  
Paracaesio stonei石氏擬烏尾鮗
by: Kwang-Tsao Shao
Author Raj & Seeto, 1983 Depth 200 - 320M
Chinese 石氏擬烏尾鮗 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 笛鯛科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F370 Lutjanidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 橫帶若梅鯛 
Max Length 50 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 雞仔魚、烏尾冬(澎湖)、青雞仔(澎湖) 
Distribution in World Japan to Australia   Distribution in Taiwan South 
Habitats Deep Sea、Coral、Coastal  Holotype Locality east coast of Beqa I., Fiji Is 
Reference 墾丁圖鑑(邵等, 1993)  Raj, U. etc. 1983 
Specimen List NMMBP02332.  
Common Name Cocoa snapper 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body moderately deep. Eye large; snout short shorter than eye diameter; interorbital space slightly convex; lower jaw protruding slightly; both jaws with an outer series of well developed canine teeth, larger anteriorly, and an inner band of small villiform teeth; maxilla scaleless; gill rakers on lower limb of first gill arch (including rudiments) 17 or 18. Dorsal fin with X spines and 10 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 8 soft rays; dorsal and anal fins scaleless; pectoral fins long, reaching level of anus, with 16 rays; caudal fin emarginate. Scales moderate-sized, about 48 to 50 in lateral line. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line. Back and upper sides light brown, silvery on lower sides and belly; 5 brown, vertical bars on upper side; all fins grey to whitish except margin of dorsal fin and most of caudal fin yellow.
habitats Occurs over rocky bottoms at depths between about 100 and 300 m.  
Distribution known only from off the Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, northeastern Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa. It is rare and only found in southern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility No commercial importance. The flesh is of good quality. Caught with deep handlines.