Scientific Name
Caracanthus maculatus  
Caracanthus maculatus斑點頰棘鮋
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Gray, 1831) Depth 3 - 15M
Chinese 斑點頰棘鮋 Poisonous Fish Yes 
Family_Chinese 頰棘鮋科 Economic Fish No 
Family F305 Caracanthidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 斑點頭棘鮋 
Max Length 5 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 虎魚 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South、LanI Is.、Greeb IS.、Tung Sa IS. 
Habitats Coral、Coastal  Holotype Locality Hao Island, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia 
Synonyms Micropus maculatus   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishbase(2006);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)  Gray, J. E. 1831 Mizuno, S. etc. 1980 Shoichi Mizuno etc. 1980 Masuda, H., K. Amaoka, C. Araga, T. Uyeno, etc. 1984 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Nakabo T. 2002 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List ASIZP0054847. ASIZP0057382. ASIZP0080112. NMMBP02463. NMMSTP00115.  
Common Name Scarlet-spotted velvetfish; Spotted coral croucher; Spotted croucher; Velvet fish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal fin with XII-XIII spines and 12-13 soft rays; anal fin with II spines and 11-12 soft rays. Coloration is tan to light gray covered with numerous small reddish-brown spots and has a notched dorsal fin.
habitats Inhabits shallow reef crests, usually exposed to moderate surge. Common among the branches of pocilloporid corals. 
Distribution Indo-Pacific: East Indies to the Line, Marquesan, and Austral Islands; north to southern Japan; throughout Micronesia. 
Utility Not commercial food species, common aquarium species.