Cosmocampus brachycephalus

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American crested pipefish
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Cosmocampus
C. brachycephalus
Binomial name
Cosmocampus brachycephalus
Poey, 1868
  • Corythoichthys cayorum Evermann & Kendall, 1898
  • Syngnathus brachycephalus Poey, 1868

Cosmocampus brachycephalus (American crested pipefish) is a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is found in the western Atlantic Ocean, near southern Florida (USA), the Bahamas, and northern South America.[1] It lives in sub-tidal grass flats to depths of 10 metres (33 ft), where it can grow to lengths of 10 centimetres (3.9 in). This species ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs and giving birth to live young.[2]

Identifying Features[edit]

This species can be distinguished by its prominent crest on top of its head, as well as its black stripes.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Brenner, J.; Graham, C.; Pollom, R. & Williams, J.T. (2015). "Cosmocampus brachycephalus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2015: e.T46108252A46959086. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T46108252A46959086.en.
  2. ^ Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray, 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. p.354
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