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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Gasterosteiformes  
 Family Syngnathidae  
 Genus Halicampus  
  Halicampus mataafae  (Jordan & Seale, 1906) 
Provider: P. L. Lin 
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Synonyms:Corythoichthys mataafaeCorythroichthys mataafaeHalicampus mataafeMicrognathus mataafaeMicrognnathus brevirostris  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);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 2.5-4.0 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. Margins of superior trunk ridges without spines or serrations. Median dorsal snout ridge discontinuous, with 2-3 esmi-isolated spines or ridge-like crests; usually with two lateral spines on snout; dorsal rim of orbit not strongly elevated; opercle ridge incomplete in subadult-adult; scutella without longitudinal keels. Rings 15 + 34-36, darsal-fin rays 21-24, pectoral-fin rays 12-14. Mainly brownish, usually mottled with pale, often with indications of 9-11 narrow bars crossing the dorsum and side of body. 
Habitat: Collected from reef pool, rock, and coral habitats to a depth of over 15 m. 
Distribution: Distributed in the Indo-Pacific from Red Sea and East Africa to Samoa, north to Taiwan, south to Queensland, Australia. It is found in southern Taiwanese waters, and Siao Liouciou, southwestern Taiwan. 
Utility: No commercial value. 
Name Code: 381112
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