Dunckerocampus naia

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Naia pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Dunckerocampus
D. naia
Binomial name
Dunckerocampus naia
Allen & Kuiter, 2004

Dunckerocampus naia (Naia pipefish) is thought to be a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae, although further taxonomic study is needed to determine if the classification is valid or if this species is synonymous with D. dactyliophorus.[1] It is found in the Pacific Ocean, off of Japan, Guam, Indonesia, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands.[2] It lives in caverns or under ledges amongst rocky or coral reefs at depths of 15–40 metres (49–131 ft), where it can grow to lengths of 12 centimetres (4.7 in).[2] It is expected to feed on small crustaceans.[1] This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs and giving birth to live young.[2]

Identifying Features[edit]

D. naia can be identified by its colour pattern of 24–31 alternating pale yellow and maroon bars. Its tail fin in mostly red, with broad white upper and lower margins.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Manning, C. & Pollom, R. (2017). "Dunckerocampus naia". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T65367054A67624130. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T65367054A67624130.en.
  2. ^ a b c d Allen, G.R. and R.H. Kuiter, 2004. Dunckeroncampus naia, a new pipefish (Pisces: Syngnathidae) from the Western Pacific. Aqua, J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol., 9(1):1–6

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