Scientific Name
Hippichthys heptagonus  
Hippichthys heptagonus前鰭多環海龍
by: ©The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Author Bleeker, 1849 Depth 0 - 5M
Chinese 前鰭多環海龍 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 海龍科 Economic Fish No 
Family F295 Syngnathidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 前鰭多環海龍 
Max Length 15 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 海龍 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South 
Habitats Benthos、Estuary、Fresh Water、Coastal、
Holotype Locality Indonesia 
Synonyms Bombonia djarong, Bombonia luzonica, Bombonia uxorius, Corythroichthys matterni, Corythroichthys pullus, Hippichthys heptagoneus, Hippichthys luzonica, Oxleyana parviceps, Syngnathus djarong, Syngnathus djarong luzonica, Syngnathus helfrichii, Syngnathus matterni, Syngnathus parviceps ...all 15..  
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 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List ASIZP0055707. ASIZP0072656. ASIZP0072657. ASIZP0072658. ASIZP0805339. ASIZP0805340. ASIZP0805341. ASIZP0915339. ASIZP0915340. ASIZP0915341. NMMBP02057.  
Common Name Reticulated freshwater pipefish; Pipefish; Belly 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 from posterior fourth of last trunk ring to posterior margin of 1st tail ring. Rings 14-15 + 32-42, darsal-fin rays 23-30, pectoral-fin rays 13-16. Preserved color dusky greenish gray; underside of head whitish; ventral keel and caudal fin blackish.
habitats Common in the lower reaches of rivers and streams, and in estuarine habitats. Males mature at 7.5-8.0 cm SL. 
Distribution Distributed in the Indo-West Pacific from South Africa and Kenya to the Solomon Islands, north to southern Japan. It is mainly found in southern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility No commercial value.