Scientific Name
Malacanthus latovittatus  
Malacanthus latovittatus側條弱棘魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Lacepède, 1801) Depth 20 - 65M
Chinese 側條弱棘魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 弱棘魚科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F355 Malacanthidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 側條弱棘魚 
Max Length 45 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 軟棘魚、魽吉仔(臺東)、假柳冷仔(澎湖) 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan East、South、North East、ShaoLiuChew、LanI Is.、Greeb IS.、Tung Sa IS.、Nan Sa IS. 
Habitats Benthos、Coastal  Holotype Locality Indo-Pacific (as Great Equatorial Ocean) 
Synonyms Labrus latovittatus, Malacanthus taeniatus, Malacanthus urichthys, Oceanops latovittatus, Taenianotus latovittatus   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)  Lacepede, B. G. E. 1801 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0058536. ASIZP0070886. ASIZP0804195. ASIZP0914195. FRIP21046. NMMBP09049. NMMSTP00285. NTOU-AE6074. NTUM01280. NTUM05661. NTUM05662. NTUM05663. NTUM06642.  
Common Name Sand tilefish; Striped blanquillo; Blue blanquillo; Banded blanquillo; False whiting; Eye of the sea 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body elongate, its depth 15 to 20% standard length. Snout long, its length 37 to 47% head length. Jaws extending posteriorly only to below anterior nostril, well in front of eye. Preopercle edge smooth, the angle about 110° to 120°, opercle with a single sharp spine about equal in size to pupil diameter. Gill rakers on first gill arch reduced, their total number 6 to 10. Dorsal fin with IV spines and 43 to 47 soft rays. Anal fin with I spine and 37 to 40 soft rays; caudal fin truncate, with elongate elements in upper lobe. Pored lateral-line scales 116 to 132. Head blue, iris yellow; body olive-grey to violet-blue above, bluish white on belly; a broad midbody longitudinal band running from operculum to tip of caudal fin, widening on tail to include most of middle and lower portion; lower portion of fin with a small white rectangular area; dorsal fin grey-brown with a pale band along upper margin; anal and pelvic fins white; pectoral fins bluish. In juveniles the black midlateral band extends from tip of snout to caudal fin.
habitats Found on outer reef slopes, hovering above the bottom. They swim often high above the substrate to pick prey from the substrate with their excellent eyesight. Tends to swim away from its pursuer rather than enter its burrow. Solitary or in pairs, adults f 
Distribution Distributed in the Indo-Pacific from Red Sea, Kenya, Mozambique, the Aldabra and Inhaca islands, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, hyposaline waters of Goldie River in New Guinea, Melanesia, south to only New Caledonia; Okinawa, Philippines and Micronesian 
Utility Marketed fresh; aquarium fishes.