Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Gasterosteiformes  
 Family Syngnathidae  
 Genus Phoxocampus  
  Phoxocampus diacanthus  (Schultz, 1943) 
Provider: P. L. Lin 
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Synonyms:Ichthyocampus diacanthus  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. Superior and inferior trunk ridges continuous with their respective tail ridges; lateral trunk ridge not deflected near anal ring, ends on last trunk or 1st 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 15-16 + 25-28, darsal-fin rays 20-24, pectoral-fin rays 11-13. Variously pale to dark brown, the markings in contrasting shades of pale and brown. Trregularly blotched, mottled or with diffus bars; generally without consistent markings. 
Habitat: Occurs in rock and coral habitats of lagoons and seaward reefs from the surf zone to a depth of 40 m. 
Distribution: Distributed in the Indo-Pacific from Sri Lanka to Samoa, north to Taiwan and southern Japan, south to New Caledonia; Belau, Mariana, and Marshall Islands in Micronesia. It is found in southern and northern Taiwanese waters, and Siao Liouciou, southwestern 
Utility: No commercial value. 
Name Code: 381125
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