Scientific Name
Thysanophrys celebica  
Thysanophrys celebica西里伯多棘牛尾魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Bleeker, 1854) Depth 5 - 43M
Chinese 西里伯多棘牛尾魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 牛尾魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F313 Platycephalidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 西里伯斯繸鯒 
Max Length 15 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 竹甲、狗祈仔、牛尾 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan West、South West、PonFu、ShaoLiuChew 
Habitats Coastal、Lagoon、Coral&Sand  Holotype Locality Manado, Sulawesi [Celebes], Indonesia 
Synonyms Grammoplites pristis, Platycephalus celebicus, Platycephalus heterolepis, Platycephalus horai, Platycephalus pristis, Suggrundus brevirostris, Thysanophrys celebicus   
Reference 1. 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);2. Knapp, L. W. 1999. Family Platycephalidae. In: Carpenter and Niem (ed). Species identification guide for fisheries purposes. The living marine resources of the western central Pacific. Bony fishes part 2 (Mugilidae to Carangidae). FAO, Rome. v. 4: iii-v; 2069-2790;3. Shao, K. T. and J. P. Chen, 1987. Fishes of the family Platycephalidae (Teleostei: Platycephaloidei) of Taiwan with descriptions of two new species. Bull. Inst. Zool. Acad. Sin. 26(1):77-94.  Bleeker, P. 1854 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0056059Paratype. ASIZP0056060Holotype. ASIZP0060605. BPBMI38936. NMMBP05657. NMMBP05658. NTOUP200801-053. RUSI35680. USNM00303828. USNM00335041.  
Common Name Celebes flathead  
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal fin with I-VII-VIII spines and 12 soft rays; anal fin with 12-13 soft rays; anal fin with 12 soft rays; pectoral fin with 19-21 soft rays; lateral line scales 53-55; gill raker 1+5. Brownish in color, with 3-4 dark bands crossing back. A single small papillae on posterior half of upper surface of eye. Base of lower opercular spine concealed by scales. Anal fin rays 12-13, usually 13. Anterior 2-6 lateral line scales bearing a small spine. Iris lappet with very short branches. Body with deep brown with 5-7 dark band; abdomen pallid, soft rays with scattered black spots.
habitats Inhabits shallow coastal areas and appears to be taken over sandy bottom with aquatic vegetation. Taken by trawling to a depth of 43 m but usually taken with dip nets at 20 m or less. Frequently taken near coral rubble and rock.  
Distribution Indo-West Pacific: South Africa to Persian Gulf, Sri Lanka, southern India, Gulf of Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Celebes, Irian Barat, Arafura Sea, northern Queensland, and the Solomons.  
Utility Not commercial food species.