Cosmocampus maxweberi

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Maxweber's pipefish
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Cosmocampus
C. maxweberi
Binomial name
Cosmocampus maxweberi
(Whitley, 1933)
  • Syngnathus maxweberi Whitley, 1933

Cosmocampus maxweberi (Maxweber's pipefish) is a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is found in the Red Sea from Sumatra to Tonga and Samoa, and from the Marshall Islands to the Great Barrier Reef.[1] Adults live in reefs and reef-rubble to depths of 36 m, while planktonic juveniles have been found in the top 85m of 1500–2000 m water columns.[1] Adults are expected to feed on small crustaceans, similar to other pipefish, and can grow to lengths of 10 cm. This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs until giving birth to live young.[3] The specific name honours the German-Dutch zoologist and biogeographer Max Carl Wilhelm Weber (1852-1937).[4]

Identifying Features[edit]

This species is a pale red to tan colour, with a dark lateral stripe on the snout and brown on the head. It often has dark brown bars on its ventral and lower sides.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Pollom, R. (2016). "Cosmocampus maxweberi". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T65365899A67619896. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T65365899A67619896.en.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Cosmocampus maxweberi" in FishBase. February 2018 version.
  3. ^ Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. p.298
  4. ^ "Biographical Etymology of Marine Organism Names. VW". Hans G. Hansson. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  5. ^ Thompson, Vanessa J. & Dianne J. Bray, Cosmocampus maxweberi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 01 Dec 2017,

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