Scientific Name
Hippichthys cyanospilos
Hippichthys cyanospilos藍點多環海龍
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Bleeker, 1854) Depth 0 - 5M
Chinese 藍點多環海龍 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 海龍科 Economic Fish No 
Family F295 Syngnathidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 藍點多環海龍 
Max Length 16 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 海龍 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South、PonFu 
Habitats Benthos、Estuary、Fresh Water、Coastal、
Holotype Locality Banda Neira, Banda Islands, Indonesia [Banda Sea, western Pacific] 
Synonyms Doryichthys spaniaspis, Hippichthys cyanospilus, Hippicthys cyanospilus, Parasyngnathus wardi, Syngnathus cyanospilos, Syngnathus cyanospilus, Syngnathus kuhlii, Syngnathus mossambicus, Syngnathus wardi   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002);Fishbase(2005);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)  Bleeker, P. 1854 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Carpenter, K. E. etc. 1999 Nakabo T. 2002 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List ASIZP0055700. ASIZP0055701. ASIZP0057940. NMMBP06243. NMMBP06244. NMMBP06245. NMMBP06246.  
Common Name Blue-spotted pipefish; Blue spotted pipefish; Bluespeckled pipefish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body typically slender and elongate, without scales, encased in a series of bony rings. Superior trunk and tail ridges discontinuous; inferior trunk and tail ridges continuous; lateral trunk ridge deflected ventrad near anal ring. Median dorsal snout ridge low, entired; opercle with a complete, straight, longitudinal ridge; other head ridges distinct but not strongly elevated; scutella without longitudinal keels; without dermal flaps. Dorsal-fin origin on trunk. Rings 12-14 + 32-35, darsal-fin rays 20-28, pectoral-fin rays 13-16. Lower part of snout often pale; dorsum and sides of head and body plain brown, mottled or blotched; venter of trunk without dark bars, usually brownish, shading to dark brown or black on median ridge; dorsal fin with 3-4 dark spots on each finray.
habitats Occurs in estuaries, lower reaches of coastal rivers and streams and mangroves. Males may be brooding at 6.5-7.5 SL. 
Distribution Distributed in the Indo-Pacific from northern Red Sea and East Africa to Fiji, north to southern Japan and south to Australia. It is found in southern Taiwanese waters, and Penghu Islands, western Taiwan. 
Utility No commercial value.