Check List 17(4): 1195-1198, doi: 10.15560/17.4.1195
First record of Spotted Knifejaw, Oplegnathus punctatus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844) (Oplegnathidae) in the southern South China Sea
expand article infoYusri Yusuf, Ying Giat Seah§, Md Repin Izarenah|, Jen Nie Lee§
‡ University Malaysia Trengganu, Kuala Nerus, Malaysia§ Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Nerus, Malaysia| Department of Fisheries Malaysia, Putrajaya, Malaysia
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Oplegnathus punctatus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844) is reported for the first time in the southern South China Sea, off Pulau Tenggol, Malaysia. This species is native to the north-western and central Pacific Ocean and mainly occurs in subtropical and warm temperate waters. This record is a significant southward extension of its range and also represents the first documentation of the family Oplegnathidae in Malaysia. 

Coral reef, knifejaw, Malaysia, marine fish, new record, range extension