Scientific Name
Mesopristes argenteus  
Mesopristes argenteus銀身中鋸鯻
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Cuvier, 1829) Depth 1 - 25M
Chinese 銀身中鋸鯻 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 鯻科 Economic Fish No 
Family F399 Terapontidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 銀身中鋸鯻 
Max Length 28 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 銀雞魚、雞仔魚 
Distribution in World Australia   Distribution in Taiwan East、LanI Is. 
Habitats Benthos、Estuary、Fresh Water、Coastal  Holotype Locality Ganges R., India; Java, Indonesia 
Synonyms Datnia argentea, Mesopristes macracanthus, Therapon acutirostris, Therapon argenteus, Therapon chalybeus, Therapon nasutus   
Reference 臺灣淡水及河口魚類誌(陳及方, 1999)(1999)  Cuvier, G. etc. 1828 陳義雄,方力行 1999 
Specimen List
Common Name Silver grunter; Silver perch 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body moderately deep, distinctly compressed laterally, ventral profile of head and body nearly straight to anus, more so in adults. Upper jaw longer than lower. Teeth villiform, in bands in each jaw, outer row of teeth distinctly enlarged; vomer and palatines toothless. Preopercle serrate. First gill arch with 7 to 9 gill rakers on upper limb, 16 to 18 on lower limb. Dorsal fin with XII spines and 10 or 11 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 8 or 9 soft rays. Pored scales in lateral line 52 to 58. Grey on dorsal portions, silvery to silvery white on ventral part; juveniles with 5 longitudinal body stripes; coloration in adults uniform; spinous and soft portions of dorsal fin slightly dusky with blackish pigmentation sometimes present distally, but lacking large black blotch on middle rays; caudal fin dusky, without distinct, dark, oblique stripes.
habitats Inhabits inshore areas near mangroves. Occurs in lentic and lotic freshwater. Juveniles commonly found in the lower sections of creeks and may penetrate several kilometers into fresh water. Omnivore. 
Distribution Distributed in the Western Pacific from Yaeyama Islands, Japan south to Queensland, Australia and east to New Caledonia. It is very rare and only found in the rivers of eastern Taiwan. 
Utility Food fish; marketed fresh.