Scientific Name
Halicmetus ruber  
Halicmetus ruber紅牙棘茄魚
by: Hsuan-Ching Ho
Author Alcock, 1891 Depth 344 - 549M
Chinese 紅牙棘茄魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 蝙蝠魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F233 Ogcocephalidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 紅牙棘茄魚 
Max Length 8 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 棘茄魚 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan North East 
Habitats Deep Sea、Benthos  Holotype Locality Andaman Sea, 11°31'40 
Synonyms Halicmetes ruber   
Reference Ho, H.-C. , H. Endo, and K. Sakamaki. 2008. A new species of Halicmetus (Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae) from the western Pacific, with comments on congeners. Zoological Studies v. 47 (no. 6): 767-773.   J. Wood-Mason etc. 1891 Ho, H.C. etc. 2008 
Specimen List ASIZP0057212. ASIZP0061273. ASIZP0063079. ASIZP0073917. ASIZP0080602.  
Common Name Batfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal fin rays 0; anal fin rays 4; pectoral fin rays 12-13; pelvic fin rays 5; caudal fin ray 9. Body strongly depressed; disk subtriangular, wider than long; tail relative long; snout broad and rounded, without conical rostrum; face flatted and upturn, the mouth visible from dorsal view; illicial cavity small; esca a small flat lobe, ventral broader than dorsal, with fleshy fringe on dorsal edge; gill 2, gill filaments present on second and third branchial arches; tooth on vomer and palatine; dorsal fin absent; anal fin very short; dorsal surface pale to gray, without any color pattern; ventral surface white; fins translucent and pale; peritoneum gray to brown.
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 throughout the Indo-west Pacific Ocena. It is a common species in around Taiwan, usually occurring in the northwestern off Yi-lan and Suao. 
Utility No commercial value.