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Opistognathus hopkinsi (Jordan and Snyder, 1902)
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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Opistognathidae  
 Genus Opistognathus  
  Opistognathus hopkinsi    (Jordan & Snyder, 1902) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms: Gnathypops hopkinsi   details
Citation: Fish of Japan(Nakabo, 2002) Masuda, H., K. Amaoka, C. Araga, T. Uyeno and T. Yoshino, 1984. The fishes of the Japanese Archipelago. Vol. 1. Tokai University Press, Tokyo, Japan. 437 p. (text).
Character: Body elongate, slightly compressed. Head large and blunt. Eyes relatively large and high on head. Mouth large; posterior end of upper jaw not reaching opercle. Moderate canine-like teeth in a single row along sides of jaws. Dorsal fin shallowly notched between spinous and soft portions, with XI spines and 13 rays; anal fin with II spines and 111 or 12 rays; caudal fin rounded. Area before dorsal fin covered without scales. Body and head purplish to darker, paler in belly; with a broad, irregular, vertical yellowish band on head and another longitudiacal band on middle of the body. Fins yellowish, dorsal with a broad dark margin; pelvic fin without black marking; caudal with two dark longitudinal bands along the upper and lower margins.  
Habitat: Rare species. Mouthbrooders. 
Distribution: Distributed in the northwest Pacific from Japan to Taiwan; very rare and only found in northeastern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: No commercial value. 
Name Code: 382218
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