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Halicampus spinirostris (Dawson &. Allen, 1981)
Spiny-snout Pipefish; Micrognathus spinirostris Dawson and Allen, 1981

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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Gasterosteiformes  
 Family Syngnathidae  
 Genus Halicampus  
  Halicampus spinirostris    (Dawson & Allen, 1981) 
Provider: P. L. Lin 
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Synonyms: Halicampus spilirostris Micrognathus spinirostris   details
Citation: 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)
Character: 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. 
Habitat: 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. 
Name Code: 381113
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