Bensasi goatfish (Himeji)

a photo of Bensasi goatfish (Himeji)

The appearance of Bensasi goatfish (Himeji)

Common name: Bensasi goatfish, Bar-tailed goatfish, Japanese goatfish, Red mullet goatfish, Striped goatfish, Yellowfin goat fish, Goatfish, Red mullet, salmonet, Stripedfin goatfish, Surmullet

Japanese name: Himeji (比賣知、緋女魚、姫魚、遊女魚)

Taiwan common name: 日本緋鯉、紅秋姑、鬚哥、紅魚、條紋緋鯉、紅魚仔 (澎湖)、汕秋哥仔 (澎湖)

Scientific name: Upeneus japonicus (Houttuyn, 1782)

Nigiri sushi detail: Bensasi goatfish (Himeji) Nigiri sushi


Bensasi goatfish (Himeji) is distributed in various places south of southern Hokkaido, Japan, and the Indo-West Pacific region. It inhabits sandy and muddy bottoms of coastal waters. The body length is 10~15 cm. It reaches a maximum length of 20 cm. Body slightly elongated and laterally flattened. Its body color is red with several blurred dark red transverse stripes.

With its light flavor, it can be enjoyed in a variety of dishes such as tempura, fried, and boiled. In the past, it was caught in such large quantities that it was used to make dried fish and fish cake.


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