Scientific Name
Branchiostegus auratus  
Pronounce  
Branchiostegus auratus斑鰭馬頭魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Kishinouye, 1907) Depth 50 - 200M
Chinese 斑鰭馬頭魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 弱棘魚科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F355 Malacanthidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 斑鰭方頭魚 
Max Length 30 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 馬頭、方頭魚、黃面馬(澎湖)、黃甘鯛 
Distribution in World North West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan West、North、North East 
Habitats Benthos、Coastal  Holotype Locality Japan 
Synonyms Latilus auratus   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0054623. ASIZP0060937. ASIZP0061019. ASIZP0064711. ASIZP0064727. ASIZP0064828. ASIZP0066377. ASIZP0800450. ASIZP0800451. ASIZP0800452. ASIZP0910450. ASIZP0910451. ASIZP0910452. FRIP01336. FRIP20522. FRIP21636. NMMBP03671. NMMSTP01645. NMMSTP01683. NMNSF01581. NTMP0722. ROM71757.  
Barcode2012-01-02,柯慧玲,CO1,100% 2012-01-02,Chia-Hao Chang,CO1,100% 2012-01-02,柯慧玲,CO1,100%
Common Name Tilefish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body quadriform and square-headed. Jaws extend posteriorly to nearly under a vertical from posterior pupil. Dorsal fin comparatively low. Caudal fin usually double emarginate. Body dusky above lateral line, silvery below without any stripes; belly white with a rose hue; head with 1 prominant pearly silvery bands from suborbital to upper jaws; predorsal ridge dark; dorsal fin without black spots;the distal half of anal fin dusky; caudal fin without dark leading upper edge, the lower portion dusky with 5-6 bright yellow stripes and several small spots below lowest stripe; upper edge of pectoral fins not black; pelvic fins white anteriorly, transparent posteriorly.
habitats Inhabits sandy and muddy areas from 30 to 300 depth. 
Distribution Distributed in Western Pacific from southern Japan to East China Sea. It is mainly found in eastern and southern Taiwanese waters, also in southwestern and northeastern parts. 
Utility Marketed fresh.