Cosmocampus howensis

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Lord Howe pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Cosmocampus
C. howensis
Binomial name
Cosmocampus howensis
Whitley, 1948
  • Parasyngnathus howensis Whitley, 1948
  • Syngnathus caldwelli Herald and Randall, 1972

Cosmocampus howensis (Lord Howe pipefish) is a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is found in the South Pacific from Jervis Bay (New South Wales, Australia) to Easter Island.[1] It lives in lagoons and on rocky reefs, where it grows to lengths of 10–12 centimetres (3.9–4.7 in).[2] It is expected to feed on small crustaceans, similar to other pipefishes.[1] This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs before giving birth to live young.[2]

Identifying features[edit]

This species has a blotchy brown body, occasionally marked with dark speckles and pale bars.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Pollom, R. (2016). "Cosmocampus howensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T65365838A67619891. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T65365838A67619891.en.
  2. ^ a b Dawson, C.E., 1985. Indo-Pacific pipefishes (Red Sea to the Americas). The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA.
  3. ^ Vanessa J. Thompson & Dianne J. Bray, Cosmocampus howensis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 Nov 2017,