Doryichthys boaja

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Long-snouted pipefish
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Doryichthys
D. boaja
Binomial name
Doryichthys boaja
Bleeker, 1850
  • Doryichthys spinosus Kaup, 1856
  • Microphis boaja Bleeker, 1850
  • Syngnathus boaja Bleeker, 1850
  • Syngnathus jullieni Sauvage, 1874
  • Syngnathus zonatus Károli, 1882

Doryichthys boaja (long-snouted pipefish) is a species of freshwater fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is widely distributed in Southeast Asia, found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.[1] It lives in streams and rivers, where it feeds on small crustaceans, worms and insects. It can grow to a maximum length of 41 cm, making it the largest recorded freshwater pipefish.[1] This species is ovoviviparous, with the male carrying eggs before giving birth to live young.[2]

Identifying Features[edit]

Doryichthys boaja can be identified by its conspicuous color pattern of alternating blue and brown bars along the trunk and tail.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Pollom, R. & Chakrabarty, P. 2018. Doryichthys boaja. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T181105A130066935. Downloaded on 10 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Dawson, C.E., 1985. Indo-Pacific pipefishes (Red Sea to the Americas). The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA

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