Hippichthys cyanospilus   (Bleeker,  1854) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, JE

Size: 16.0 cm SL

Color: Variable pale yellow to nearly black

Elongate body with a discontinuous superior trunk and tail ridges. Lateral trunk ridge is straight or deflected ventrally near anal ring, inferior trunk and tail rings are continuous. Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 2028. Dorsal fin with 3-4 prominent brown spots on each ray.

Ovoviviparous. The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail.

Synonym (s)
Syngnathus cyanospilos Bleeker, 1854
(Senior synonym)
Doryichthys spaniaspis Jordan and Seale, 1907
(Junior Synonym)
Parasyngnathus wardi Whitley, 1948
(Junior Synonym)
Syngnathus kuhlii Kaup, 1856
(Junior Synonym)
Syngnathus mossambicus Peters, 1855
(Junior Synonym)
Syngnathus wardi (Whitley, 1948)
(Junior Synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Blue Speckled Pipefish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Sold live as ornamnetals and are an essential ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).)
Threats:  Anthropogenic
Cultured:  Unknown

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Murugan, A; Dhanya, S; Rajagopal, S and Balasubramanian, T (2008) Seahorses and pipefishes of the Tamil Nadu coast Current Science 95 (2) 253-260 Available at - http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/jul252008/253.pdf
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org

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