Neovespicula depressifrons (Richardson, 1848)
Leaf goblinfish
Neovespicula depressifrons
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 Family:  Tetrarogidae (Wasp fishes)
 Max. size:  10 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal
 Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Indonesia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. Reports from Japan are erroneous.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 3-3. Body notably compressed. Orbit 9 - 10% SL. Dorsal soft rays 6.5-7.5; anal 4.5 (usually) to 5.5 (Ref. 39597).
 Biology:  Possesses venom glands at the base of some of the spines (Ref. 6192). Of no commercial interest but appear from time to time in the aquarium trade (Ref. 39597).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  venomous
 Country info:  Reported from the Gogol R. mouth.

 Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 18.07.94
 Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 20.08.09

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