Dunckerocampus boylei

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Broad-banded pipefish
Broad - banded Pipefish - Dunckerocampus boylei.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Dunckerocampus
D. boylei
Binomial name
Dunckerocampus boylei
Kuiter, 1998

Dunckerocampus boylei (broad-banded pipefish) is a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is found in the Red Sea, Mauritius, and Indonesia, but it is thought to be widespread throughout the Indian Ocean.[1] It lives in coastal caves and crevices at depths of 20–40 metres (66–131 ft), where it can grow to lengths of 16 centimetres (6.3 in).[1] It feeds on small crustaceans that grow on other fish species. This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs and giving birth to live young.[2] The specific name honours Bill Boyle, an underwater fish photographer who drew the attention of Kuiter to the species.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Pollom, R. (2016). "Dunckerocampus boylei (errata version published in 2017)". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T65366455A115420770. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T65366455A67624140.en.
  2. ^ Kuiter, R.H. (1998). "Pipefishes of the syngnathid genus Dunckerocampus (Sygnathiformes: Sygnathidae), with a description of a new species from the Indian Ocean". Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology. 3 (2): 81–84.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Dunckerocampus boylei" in FishBase. February 2018 version.

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