Scientific Name
Halicampus mataafae  
Halicampus mataafae馬塔法海蠋魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Jordan & Seale, 1906) Depth 0 - 15M
Chinese 馬塔法海蠋魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 海龍科 Economic Fish No 
Family F295 Syngnathidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 褐海蠋魚 
Max Length 12.8 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 馬塔法海龍、海龍 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South、ShaoLiuChew 
Habitats Coral、Coastal  Holotype Locality Coral reefs off Mulinu'u, Upolu Island, western Samoa [Samoa, South Pacific] 
Synonyms Corythoichthys mataafae, Corythroichthys mataafae, Halicampus grayi, Halicampus mataafe, Micrognathus mataafae, Micrognnathus brevirostris   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishbase(2005);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)  Jordan, D. S. etc. 1906 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Carpenter, K. E. etc. 1999 
Specimen List ASIZP0055212. ASIZP0068871. GCRL17195. GCRL21155. NTOUP200801-052. USNM00263237. USNM00263238.  
Common Name Samoan pipefish; Brown pipefish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body typically slender and elongate, without scales, encased in a series of bony rings. Snout short, its length 2.5-4.0 in HL. Superior trunk and tail ridges discontinuous, the trunk ridge sometimes arches dorsad on subdorsal rings; inferior trunk ridge ends at anal ring; lateral trunk ridge confluent with inferior tail ridge. Margins of superior trunk ridges without spines or serrations. Median dorsal snout ridge discontinuous, with 2-3 esmi-isolated spines or ridge-like crests; usually with two lateral spines on snout; dorsal rim of orbit not strongly elevated; opercle ridge incomplete in subadult-adult; scutella without longitudinal keels. Rings 15 + 34-36, darsal-fin rays 21-24, pectoral-fin rays 12-14. Mainly brownish, usually mottled with pale, often with indications of 9-11 narrow bars crossing the dorsum and side of body.
habitats Collected from reef pool, rock, and coral habitats to a depth of over 15 m. 
Distribution Distributed in the Indo-Pacific from Red Sea and East Africa to Samoa, north to Taiwan, south to Queensland, Australia. It is found in southern Taiwanese waters, and Siao Liouciou, southwestern Taiwan. 
Utility No commercial value.