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Mesopristes cancellatus (Cuvier, 1829)
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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Terapontidae  
 Genus Mesopristes  
  Mesopristes cancellatus    (Cuvier, 1829) 
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Synonyms: Datnia cancellata Terapon cancellatus Therapon cancellata Therapon cancellatus   details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)
Character: Body moderately deep, distinctly compressed laterally. Upper jaw longer than lower jaw, increasingly so in larger specimens; upper jaw fleshy and forming a prominent fleshy pad with age. Teeth conical, outer row enlarged and followed by bands of villiform teeth in each jaw; vomer and palatines toothless. Preopercle serrate. First gill arch with 9 to 11 gill rakers on upper limb, 16 to 19 on lower limb. Dorsal fin with XI or XII spines and 10 or 11 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 8 or 9 soft rays.Pore scales in lateral line 48 to 58. Dorsal portions of body grey, ventral part of body silvery to silvery white; body with 3 dark longitudinal stripes and with 5 dark oblique cross bars dorsal to uppermost stripe. Fins grey whitish to light yellow. 
Habitat: Inhabits salt and brackish waters of bays and estuaries, penetrating into fresh water. Juveniles are sometimes found in streams within 5-10 km of the sea. 
Distribution: From Sumatra eastward through rest of Indonesia, New Guinea, and Vanuatu to the Solomon Islands; north to the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. It is very rare and only found from freshwater to brackish-water regions of rivers in southwestern Taiwan. 
Utility: Food fish; marketed fresh.  
Name Code: 382657
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Mesopristes cancellatus   (Cuvier, 1829)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Terapontidae (Grunters or tigerperches)
Etymology: Mesopristes: Greek, mesos = half + Greek, pristis = saw (Ref. 45335 ) .

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; freshwater; brackish; pelagic-neritic; amphidromous (Ref. 51243 ).   Tropical; 27°N - 21°S

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Western Pacific: Ryukyu Islands to New Caledonia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: L m   ?   range ? - ? cm
Max length : 23.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7050 )

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 11 - 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal spines : 3; Anal soft rays : 8 - 9

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults inhabit salt and brackish waters of bays and estuaries, penetrating into fresh water (Ref. 1601 ). Juveniles are sometimes found in streams within 5-10 km of the sea (Ref. 2847 ). Eggs are guarded and fanned by the male parent (Ref. 205 ).

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Eggs are guarded and fanned by the male parent (Ref. 205 ).

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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). (Ref. 559 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185 )

  Least Concern (LC)  

CITES (Ref. 115941 )

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: minor commercial; aquaculture: likely future use FAO(Publication : search ) | FishSource |

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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969 ): 26.6 - 29.2, mean 28.7 (based on 1282 cells). Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 0.5312   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01380 (0.00621 - 0.03068), b=3.01 (2.82 - 3.20), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic Level (Ref. 69278 ):  3.0   ±0.37 se; Based on food items. Resilience (Ref. 69278 ):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.). Vulnerability (Ref. 59153 ):  Low to moderate vulnerability (30 of 100) . Price category (Ref. 80766 ):   Unknown .

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