Paraploactis kagoshimensis (Ishikawa, 1904)
photo by Cornish, A.

 Family:  Aploactinidae (Velvetfishes)
 Max. size:  12 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal
 Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Japan and the Uwa Sea.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 11-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-10; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 8-9. Body elongate and compressed, covered with velvety prickles. Preoperculum with 5 blunt spines. Anterior part of dorsal fin higher (2nd and 3rd spines elongate). Body dark-brown with darker mottling (Ref. 559). Isthmus without fleshy pad (Ref. 39602).
 Biology:  Secretive on algae rocky reefs, usually seen at night (Ref. 48635).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 24.06.96
 Modified by: Santos, Kristine - 08.10.03

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