Scientific Name
Malthopsis mitrigera  
Malthopsis mitrigera鈎棘海蝠魚
by: Hsuan-Ching Ho
Author Gilbert & Cramer, 1897 Depth 300 - 650M
Chinese 鈎棘海蝠魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 蝙蝠魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F233 Ogcocephalidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 鈎棘海蝠魚 
Max Length 7.5 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 棘茄魚 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South West、North East 
Habitats Deep Sea、Benthos  Holotype Locality Off Hawaiian Islands, 21°N, 157°W, depth 295-310 fathoms 
Synonyms Malthopsis jordani, Malthopsis mitriger, Malthopsis triangularis   
Reference Ho, H. C. & K. T. Shao, 2010. A review of Malthopsis jordani Gilbert, 1905, with description of a new batfish from the Indo-Pacific Ocean(Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae). Bull. Natl. Mus. Nat. Sci., Ser. A, Suppl. 4, pp. 9–19  Gilbert, C. H. etc. 1897 Nakabo T. 2002 Nakabo T. 2002 Ho, H.C. etc. 2008 Hsuan-Ching Ho etc. 2010 
Specimen List ASIZP0064420. ASIZP0064529. ASIZP0064586. ASIZP0064597. ASIZP0064605. ASIZP0066869. ASIZP0067352. ASIZP0067355. ASIZP0067847. ASIZP0067870. ASIZP0067911. ASIZP0068178. ASIZP0068180. ASIZP0068195. ASIZP0068196. ASIZP0068310. ASIZP0068390. ASIZP0080599. ASIZP0802289. ASIZP0802291. ASIZP0803608. ASIZP0803631. ASIZP0803672. ASIZP0803939. ASIZP0803941. ASIZP0803956. ASIZP0803957. ASIZP0913608. ASIZP0913631. ASIZP0913672. ASIZP0913939. ASIZP0913941. ASIZP0913956. ASIZP0913957.  
Common Name Batfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body depressed, disk triangular; rostrum small, upturned, tuberculer blunt; illicial cavity narrow with a trianglur opeoing; mouth small, overhung by rostrum; illicium short; esca a single dorsal bulb; tooth villiform band on jaws, vomer, palatines and tongue; gill 2, holobranchs on arches 2 and 3; membranes connecting pectoral pedicels with trunk; skin tough, cover with large bony bucklers, those on ventral surface relative small; ventral surface smoothly, without dermal spinules between backlers; subopercular spines well-developed, two directed forward; caudal slightly rounded; dorsal surface without black ring-like markings; dorsal yellowish-brown, ventral pale.
habitats Habits in the marine bathydemersal. They are awkward, walking on the bottom on their large armlike pectoral fins and smaller pelvic fins. 
Distribution Widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific ocean fron South Africa, Philippines to Japan and Hawaii. It is a common species occuring in northeast Taiwan off Suao. 
Utility No commercial value.