Scientific Name
Fowleria punctulata  
Fowleria punctulata等斑乳突天竺鯛
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Rüppell, 1838) Depth 10 - 80M
Chinese 等斑乳突天竺鯛 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 天竺鯛科 Economic Fish No 
Family F352 Apogonidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 等斑乳突天竺鯛 
Max Length 8.5 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 大面側仔、大目側仔 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South、Tung Sa IS. 
Habitats Coral、Benthos、Coastal  Holotype Locality Gulf of Elat, Red Sea 
Synonyms Apogon punctulatus   
Reference 1. 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);2. Shao, K. T., and J. P. Chen (1986) The New Records of Cardinalfishes from Taiwan, with a Synopsis of the Family Apogonidae. Journ. Taiwan Museum, 39(2):61-104;3. Mabuchi, K. , T. H. Fraser, H. Song, Y. Azuma and M. Nishida 2014 (1 Aug.) Revision of the systematics of the cardinalfishes (Percomorpha: Apogonidae) based on molecular analyses and comparative reevaluation of morphological characters. Zootaxa 3846 (no. 2): 151-203.  Shao, K.T. etc. 1986 Randall, J. E., G. R. Allen etc. 1990 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Mabuchi, K. , T. H. Fraser, H. Song, Y. Azuma etc. 2014 
Specimen List ASIZP0054664. ASIZP0054926. NMMBP03344. NTUM04193. NTUM05061. RUSI35737.  
Common Name Peppered cardinalfish; Spotcheek cardinalfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal-fin rays VII-I, 9; anal-fin rays II, 8; pectoral-fin rays 14. Body reddish brown with 3 to 4 rows of black spots from middle to caudal peduncle; eye yellow; white-rimmed black ocellus on operculum; no large canine-like teeth on either jaw; palatine without teeth; lateral line incomplete, reach only 2nd dorsal fin; fins marbled red; dorsal, anal, caudal and pelvic fins without dark marks; caudal fin rounded.
habitats Found in coastal mud flats and reefs to 10 m depth. Nocturnal species. Very cryptic and rarely seen, even at night. Feeds on zooplankton and other small benthic invertebrates. 
Distribution Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to Tuamoto Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Rapa; throughout Micronesia. 
Utility No commercial value.