Xenaploactis asperrima (Günther, 1860)
Xenaploactis asperrima
photo by Fricke, R.

Family:  Aploactinidae (Velvetfishes)
Max. size:  3.99 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: East Indies.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 10-10; Vertebrae: 27-27. Body densely covered with modified scales which form spinous points; depth greater than 1/3 SL.. Lachrymal with 2 strong sharp spines, the first notably curved. Second infraorbital bone with 1 or 2 spines, and an obscure small circular lateral line pore. Uppermost preopercular lateral-line pores with no finger-like cirri. Mouth very strongly upturned, nearly vertical. Interorbit with prominent ridges, divergent anteriorly, convergent over middle of interorbit, divergent posteriorly (Ref. 35984, 39602).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 19.03.02

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