Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Aulopiformes
(Grinners) > Synodontidae
(Lizardfishes) > Synodontinae
Etymology: Synodus: Greek, syn, symphysis = grown together + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335); taiwanensis: Named for its type locality, Taiwan.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range ? - 80 m (Ref. 58391). Subtropical, preferred ?
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Northwestern Pacific: Taiwan.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 18.5 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9;
Vertebrae: 53. This species is distinguished by having the following characters: a large black spot on the edge of the operculum; 8-10 peritoneal spots; pectoral fin not reaching a line from base of pelvic fin to origin of dorsal fin; posterior pelvic process wide; 13 dorsal-fin rays; 12-13 pectoral-fin rays; 9 anal-fin rays; 55-56 pored lateral line scales; 3.5 rows of scales between lateral line and dorsal fin; anterior palatine teeth longer than posterior ones; outer row of teeth posteriorly angled outwardly; nasal flap short and rounded; 23-24 gill rakers; snout relatively short (6.2%-6.5% SL); eyes small, orbital diameter 4.9%-5.4% SL); interorbital relatively narrow (2.7%-3.2% SL) (Ref. 58391).
Collected on sandy substrate (Ref. 58391).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Chen, J.-P., H.C. Ho and K.-T. Shao, 2007. A new lizardfish (Aulopiformes: Synodontidae) from Taiwan with descriptions of three new records. Zool. Stud. 46(2):148-154. (Ref. 58391)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00380 (0.00180 - 0.00804), b=3.20 (3.03 - 3.37), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.1 ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (17 of 100) .