Scientific Name
Halicampus spinirostris  
Halicampus spinirostris短吻海蠋魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Dawson & Allen, 1981) Depth 0 - 10M
Chinese 短吻海蠋魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 海龍科 Economic Fish No 
Family F295 Syngnathidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 短吻海蠋魚 
Max Length 10.3 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 短吻海龍、海龍 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan North、Nan Sa IS. 
Habitats Coral、Coastal  Holotype Locality Off Tantabiddi Creek, North West Cape, Western Australia, 21°55'S, 113°15'E, depth 10 meters 
Synonyms Halicampus spilirostris, Micrognathus spinirostris   
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)  Dawson, C. E. etc. 1981 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Carpenter, K. E. etc. 1999 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List ASIZP0062025. NMMSTP00192.  
Common Name 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 3.1-3.8 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. Median dorsal snout ridge discontinuous, with 2-3 esmi-isolated spines or ridge-like elevations; usually with three spines on side of snout and with spines or spine-like ridges on postorbital and posterior supraorbital regions of head; dorsal rim of orbit elevated, the margin entire or notched distally; opercle ridge complete; margins of superior ridges entire to denticulate on anterior half or more of each ring, typically followed by a distinct subterminal notch and distal spine-like point. Rings 14 + 33-35, darsal-fin rays 19, pectoral-fin rays 13-14. Mainly tan or pale, the head blotshed or mottled with brown; dorsum and side of body with indications of about four broad dark bars.
habitats Inhabits rock or coral habitats. Males may be brooding at about 10 cm SL. 
Distribution Distributed in the Indo-Pacific from Sri Lanka, Western Australia and Queensland (Australia), and Tutuila Island, American Samoa, north to Taiwan. It is found in northern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility No commercial value.