Yellowtail Stargazer, Uranoscopus cognatus Cantor 1850

Other Names: Twospined Yellowtail Stargazer, Two-spined Yellow-tail Stargazer

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Yellowtail Stargazer, Uranoscopus cognatus Cantor 1850

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In Australia, known from Shark Bay, WA (25°21'S) to the Gulf of Carpentaria, QLD (11°59'S, 141°E). The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.

Species Citation

Uranoscopus cognatus Cantor, 1850, J. Asiatic Soc. Bengal 18(2): 1003. Type locality: Sea of Penang (as Pinang), Malaysia.


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Yellowtail Stargazer, Uranoscopus cognatus Cantor 1850


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CAAB Code:37400008

Depth:11-130 m

Habitat:Bottom dweller

Max Size:17 cm TL

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