Choeroichthys smithi

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Choeroichthys smithi
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Choeroichthys
C. smithi
Binomial name
Choeroichthys smithi
Dawson, 1976

Choeroichthys smithi (shortfin pipefish, or Smith’s short-bodied pipefish) is a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is found in the western Indian Ocean along the coasts of Reunion, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Madagascar, Tanzania, Mozambique, and South Africa.[1] It is a demersal species, inhabiting tide pools and reef flats in coastal waters where it can grow to lengths of 5 cm.[2] This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying the eggs and giving birth to live young.[2] The specific name honours the South African ichthyologist J.L.B. Smith (1897-1968) who collected the material which was used as the holotype by Dawson when he described the species.[3]


  1. ^ a b Fiegenbaum, H. & Pollom, R. (2016). "Choeroichthys smithi (errata version published in 2017)". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T65364594A115413753. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T65364594A67619058.en.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Choeroichthys smithi" in FishBase. February 2018 version.
  3. ^ C.E. Dawson (1976). "Review of the Indo-Pacific pipefish genus Choeroichthys (Pisces: Syngnathidae), with descriptions of two new species". Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 89 (3): 39–65.

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