: Aesopia cornuta
This species has a wide distribution mainly in the tropics across the Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea, Mozambique, South Africa, India and Japan. Reported from Indonesia and northwestern Australia.
It is greyish or brown in colour, with 15-16 dark bars edged with black across the body. The caudal fin is blackish with pale spots.
This harmless species can be found on sand or mud bottoms to at least 100 m. Generally has a depth range of 100m and a maximum size of 25m.. They stay quite deep in winter and move to very shallow waters to spawn and feed in summer. Its diet consists of benthic, infauna, epifauna, euphausids and fish. Females can produce one to three million eggs. Spawning takes place in shallow waters. Females attain 50% maturity when they are about ten and half years old.