Hippichthys heptagonus   Bleeker,  1849 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 15 cm SL

Preserved color dusky greenish gray; underside of head whitish; ventral keel and caudal fin blackish. Body: trunk heptagonal; very long tail 4-sided; covered with finely-sculptured plates with fine ridges; knife-like keel on the belly made up of sculptured plates. Head conical posteriorly; large elongate snout very narrow with concave plates; operculum with prominent median longitudinal keel; nape with a median crest. Dorsal fin only at the first 6 rings of tail; pectoral and caudal fins small.

Fertilization in brood pouch or similar structure. The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail. Ovoviviparous."

Synonym (s)
Syngnathus djarong Bleeker, 1853
Bombonia djarong (Bleeker, 1853)
Bombonia luzonica Herre, 1927
Bombonia uxorius Herre, 1935
Corythroichthys matterni Fowler, 1918
Corythroichthys pullus Smith & Seale, 1906
Hippichthys heptagoneus Bleeker, 1849
Hippichthys luzonica (Herre, 1927)
Oxleyana parviceps (Ramsay & Ogilby, 1886)
Syngnathus djarong Bleeker, 1853
Syngnathus djarong luzonica (Herre, 1927)
Syngnathus helfrichii Bleeker, 1855
Syngnathus matterni (Fowler, 1918)
Syngnathus parviceps Ramsay & Ogilby, 1886
Syngnathus spicifer djarong Bleeker, 1853
Syngnathus spicifer rivalis Peters, 1868

Common Name (s)
• Belly Pipefish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Demersal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Herre, AWCT (1938) A list of the fishes known from the Andaman Islands Memoirs of the Indian Museum The Manager of Publications, Delhi 13 331-403 Available at - NIO, RC, Kochi
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Encyclopedia of Life Available at - http://www.eol.org/
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa

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