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Halicampus punctatus

(Kamohara, 1952)


Kati Burg ID help please. Small pipefish (Halicampus sp.?) found between the arms of a brittle star. About 6 cm, found at 8 meters depth, Romblon Island, Philippines.

Michelle Tinsay Halicampus punctatus (according to a Japanese Book)

Ron Silver Halicampus boothae See attached: http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/ThumbnailsSummary.php?ID=12773

Blogie Robillo Yup, I also think this is H. boothae. (Accdg to EOL, H. punctatus is a fairly deep dwelling species.)

Kati Burg I did some research, too. To me it looks like Halicampus nitidus. http://fishpix.kahaku.go.jp/fishimage-e/detail?START=534&FAMILY=Syngnathidae&SPECIES=&LOCALITY=&FISH_Y=&FISH_M=&FISH_D=&PERSON=&PHOTO_ID=&JPN_FAMILY_OPT=1&FAMILY_OPT=0&JPN_NAME_OPT=1&SPECIES_OPT=1&LOCALITY_OPT=1&PERSON_OPT=1&PHOTO_ID_OPT=2

Carl-Johan Nilsson Looks like a nitidus, snout doesn't match boothae.

Taxonomy
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Chordata (Phylum)
    Vertebrata (Subphylum)
      Gnathostomata (Superclass)
        Pisces (Superclass)
          Actinopterygii (Class)
            Syngnathiformes (Order)
              Syngnathidae (Family)
                Syngnathinae (Subfamily)
                  Halicampus (Genus)
                    Halicampus punctatus (Species)
Associated Species