Scientific Name
Hoplichthys fasciatus  
Hoplichthys fasciatus橫帶針鯒
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Matsubara, 1937 Depth 50 - 240M
Chinese 橫帶針鯒 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 針鯒科 Economic Fish No 
Family F314 Hoplichthyidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 黃帶棘鯒 
Max Length 6.7 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 針牛尾 
Distribution in World North West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan West、South、North East 
Habitats Deep Sea、Benthos、Coastal  Holotype Locality Kumano-Nada, southeastern of Kii Peninsula, Japan, depth 150 fathoms 
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Masuda, H., K. Amaoka, C. Araga, T. Uyeno and T. Yoshino, 1984. The fishes of the Japanese Archipelago. Vol. 1.. Tokai University Press, Tokyo, Japan. 437 p. (text);Fishbase(2006);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)  Matsubara, K. 1937 Masuda, H., K. Amaoka, C. Araga, T. Uyeno, etc. 1984 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List NMMBP04733. NMMBP04734. NTUM05147. RUSI43037.  
Common Name Ghost flathead 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal fin with VI spines and 15 soft rays; anal fin with 16 soft rays; pectoral fin with 13+3 soft rays. Interorbital space wider than twice eye diameter. Each lateral scute with a strong spine and a small one. Second dorsal fin higher anteriorly, but without it filamentous ray. Pectoral fin very long, extending to base of 9th ana ray.
habitats Inhabit demersal marine environment, other ecological behavior is not clear yet. 
Distribution Northwest Pacific: known only from the Kumanonada Sea, Japan. Described from juvenile specimen(s) and is likely to be conspecific with one of the other species in the area. 
Utility Not commercial food species.