Scientific Name
Phoxocampus belcheri  
Phoxocampus belcheri黑錐海龍
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Kaup, 1856) Depth 0 - 25M
Chinese 黑錐海龍 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 海龍科 Economic Fish No 
Family F295 Syngnathidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 黑錐海龍 
Max Length 7.2 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 黑海龍、海龍 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South 
Habitats Coral、Coastal  Holotype Locality China [Western North Pacific] 
Synonyms Ichthyocampus belcheri, Ichthyocampus nox   
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)  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Carpenter, K. E. etc. 1999 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List ASIZP0055354. ASIZP0055355. ASIZP0071008. NTUM04279.  
Common Name Rock pipefish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body typically slender and elongate, without scales, encased in a series of bony rings. Superior and inferior trunk ridges continuous with their respective tail ridges; lateral trunk ridge not deflected near anal ring, ends on 1st-5th tail ring. Median dorsal snout ridge entire or with low emarginations, without knob-like elevations or spines; longitudinal opercular ridge angled dorsad, incomplate in subadults-adults; simple dermal flaps usually present on eye and elsewhere on head and body. Rings 16-17 + 29-32, darsal-fin rays 20-24, pectoral-fin rays 11-13. Usually tan to dark brown, infrequently pale, dorsum of body sometimes with indications of 10-11 diffuse pale bars; lower part of side and venter of trunk often with indications of dark bars between rings.
habitats Occurs in tide pools and rocky or coral reefs. 
Distribution Distributed in the Indo-West Pacific from Red Sea and East Africa, eastward to Japan and Fiji Islands. It is found in southern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility No commercial value.