Scientific Name
Malthopsis tiarella  
Malthopsis tiarella斑點海蝠魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Jordan, 1902 Depth 80 - 450M
Chinese 斑點海蝠魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 蝙蝠魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F233 Ogcocephalidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 斑點海蝠魚 
Max Length 10.5 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 棘茄魚 
Distribution in World Australia   Distribution in Taiwan South West 
Habitats Deep Sea、Benthos、Coastal  Holotype Locality Suruga Bay near Numazu, Japan, depth 70-100 fathoms 
Synonyms Malthopsis lutea   
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   Jordan, D. S. 1902 Nakabo T. 2002 Nakabo T. 2002 Hsuan-Ching Ho etc. 2010 
Specimen List ASIZP0065403. ASIZP0072182. ASIZP0800797. ASIZP0800798. ASIZP0910798.  
Barcode2008-03-25,Kui-Ching Hsu,CO1,100%
Common Name Spearnose seabat 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body depressed, disk triangular; rostrum small and pointed, upturned, with horn-shaped tubercular; 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; ventral surface cover with numerous dermal spinules between backlers; subopercular spines well-developed, none directed forward; caudal slightly rounded; longest anal fin ray not beyond base of caudal; dorsal without black ring-like markings; dark cross-bands present on dorsal fin, caudal peduncle and caudal fin.
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 thr Indo-West Pacific from South Africa to Japan. It occurs in the northeast Taiwan off Suao. 
Utility No commercial value.