Banded pipefish

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Banded pipefish
Broadbanded Pipefish.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Dunckerocampus
D. dactyliophorus
Binomial name
Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus
(Bleeker, 1853)
  • Syngnathus dactyliophorus Bleeker, 1853
  • Doryrhamphus dactyliophorus (Bleeker, 1853)
  • Acanthognathus caulleryi Chabanaud, 1929

The banded pipefish or ringed pipefish (Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus) is a species of fish in the Syngnathidae (seahorses and pipefish) family.[3][2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The banded pipefish is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, Red Sea included.[2] Its range includes Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Japan, the Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, South Africa, and Taiwan.[1] It inhabits tide pools, lagoons, and outer reef slopes in tropical climates.[2]


The banded pipefish has a straight, elongated body which reaches a maximum length of 19 cm (7.4 in).[2] It has fleshy streams coming back from its head. These trails are thought to be mechanisms of camouflage for the pipefish whilst hiding in reeds.[4]


Similar to other seahorses and pipefishes, the male banded pipefish is equipped with a specialised brood pouch, rather than the female.[5] The female deposits her eggs in the male's pouch, where they develop. The male later gives birth.[6]


  1. ^ a b Pollom, R. (2016). "Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus (errata version published in 2017)". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T6814A115083653. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T6814A67621462.en.
  2. ^ a b c d e Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2015). "Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus" in FishBase. October 2015 version.
  3. ^ "". Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2008.
  4. ^ Günter Berghaus (2004). New Perspectives on Prehistoric Art. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-275-97813-6.
  5. ^ Marshall Cavendish Corporation, ed. (2004). Encyclopedia of the Aquatic World. Marshall Cavendish. ISBN 978-0-7614-7418-0.
  6. ^ Blasiola, George C.; Matthew M. Vriends (2000). The Saltwater Aquarium Handbook. Barron's Educational Series. ISBN 978-0-7641-1241-6.

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