Scientific Name
Solenostomus cyanopterus  
Solenostomus cyanopterus藍鰭剃刀魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Bleeker, 1854 Depth 0 - 25M
Chinese 藍鰭剃刀魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 剃刀魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F294 Solenostomidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 藍鰭剃刀魚 
Max Length 17 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 鋸吻剃刀魚、剃刀魚 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South、North East、ShaoLiuChew 
Habitats Coral、Benthos、Coastal  Holotype Locality Wahai, Ceram, Indonesia 
Synonyms Solenichthys raceki, Solenostoma cyanopterus, Solenostomatichthys bleekeri, Solenostomus bleekeri, Solenostomus bleekerii   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002);Fishbase(2004);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Carpenter, K. E. etc. 1999 Nakabo T. 2002 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List ASIZP0057504. ASIZP0059818.  
Common Name Robust ghost pipefish; Blue-finned ghost pipefish; Ghost pipefish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body elongate, laterally compressed, depth greatest between origin of spinous dorsal and pelvic fins, strongly constricted between pelvic-fin insertion and origin of soft dorsal and anal fins. Head elongate; snout elongate, tubular, with nasal lamellae. Mouth small, vertically oriented, toothless, with single mandibular barbel. Two dorsal fins, the first with V weak spines and the second with 17 to 22 unbranched soft rays; spinous and soft dorsal fins widely separated, each on a raised base; anal fin rounded, situated opposite soft dorsal fin and on a raised base, composed of 17 to 22 unbranched soft rays; caudal fin truncate, rounded, or lanceolate; pectoral fins small, rounded; pelvic fins large, situated opposite spinous dorsal fin, sexually dimorphic, forming a brood pouch in females. Lateral line absent. Body covered with stellate plates that bear spines, variously with cutaneous papillae. Caudal peduncle short or lost in large females. Color variable, from brown to pink or yellow with small black and white spots; 2 elongate black spots between first 3 dorsal spines.
habitats Mostly pelagic until it settles on the substrate for breeding. Uncommon species found in coastal reefs and weedy areas. Always in pairs. Feeds on small crustaceans. 
Distribution Distributed from Red Sea and East Africa to Fiji, north to southern Japan, south to Australia. It is found in southern and nothern Taiwanese waters and Siao Liouciou, southwestern Taiwan. 
Utility No commercial value.