Saurida micropectoralis Shindo & Yamada, 1972
Shortfin lizardfish
photo by Gloerfelt-Tarp, T.

 Family:  Synodontidae (Lizardfishes), subfamily: Harpadontinae
 Max. size:  38 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 20 - 260 m
 Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Andaman and South China seas south to the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819) and northern Australia.
 Diagnosis:  Body elongate, cylindrical. Back and upper sides brown, lower sides and belly white. Nine to 10 faint blotches along the lateral line, sometimes with traces of very indistinct cross-bars on the back. Upper edges of pectoral and caudal fins occasionally with faint black dots. The upper portion of the inner side of the pectoral fins dark.
 Biology:  Inhabits muddy bottoms of the continental shelf down to about 60 m. Feeds on small bottom-dwelling invertebrates and fishes.
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 20.06.91
 Modified by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 19.12.96
 Checked by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 07.06.95

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