Scientific Name
Uranoscopus japonicus  
Uranoscopus japonicus日本鰧
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Houttuyn, 1782 Depth 36 - 300M
Chinese 日本鰧 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 鰧科 Economic Fish No 
Family F443 Uranoscopidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 日本鰧 
Max Length 18 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 大頭丁、眼鏡魚、含笑、向天虎、日本瞻星魚 
Distribution in World Australia   Distribution in Taiwan West、South、North、North East、PonFu、ShaoLiuChew 
Habitats Benthos、Coastal  Holotype Locality Outward Miho Peninsula, innermost Suruga Bay, Japan, 36-55 m 
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishbase(2006)  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0054383. ASIZP0055251. ASIZP0058749. ASIZP0058844. ASIZP0060216. ASIZP0061023. ASIZP0061096. ASIZP0061112. ASIZP0061523. ASIZP0062417. ASIZP0062541. ASIZP0062555. ASIZP0062561. ASIZP0062562. ASIZP0062563. ASIZP0063661. ASIZP0064303. ASIZP0064674. ASIZP0065079. ASIZP0065080. ASIZP0070549. ASIZP0070587. ASIZP0075148. ASIZP0080620. ASIZP0700067. ASIZP0800039. ASIZP0800041. ASIZP0800042. ASIZP0806624. ASIZP0900389. ASIZP0900390. ASIZP0900391. ASIZP0901262. ASIZP0910039. ASIZP0910041. ASIZP0910042. ASIZP0916624. NTUM00031Paratype. ...List all 78 records... 
Barcode2008-03-25,Kui-Ching Hsu,CO1,100% 2014-10-30,Kwang-Tsao Shao,CO1,100% 2011-05-31,柯慧玲,CO1,100% 2011-05-31,柯慧玲,CO1,100%
Common Name Japanese stargazer 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Head and body depressed, compressed posteriorly. Top of head with bony tubercles, shallowly concave. Depression on interorbital space not exending to line connecting posterior rims of orbits. Lower edge of preoperculum with 3 spines. Cleithral spine large and stout. Posterior nostril silt-like. Respiratory valve inside lower jaw with foliaceous flap in juveniles, lacking in adults. Two dorsal fins, the first fin black with white area at base and with IV or V weak spines, the second dorsal fin with 13 to 15 soft rays; anal-fin rays 14 or 15. Body dark brown, white below; any white blotches scattered on upper half of body.
habitats Found near shore, down to 260 m, on sand and sandy mud bottoms. Spend a large part of their time buried in the mud or sand with only their eyes and a portion of the mouth protruding. 
Distribution Distributed in the western Pacific from southern Japan to the South China Sea except Ryukyu Islands. It is a common species in Taiwan except eastern part. 
Utility No commercial value.