Festucalex kulbickii

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Kulbicki's pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Festucalex
F. kulbickii
Binomial name
Festucalex kulbickii
Fricke, 2004

Festucalex kulbickii, commonly known as Kulbicki’s pipefish, or New Caledonian pipefish, is a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is found from West Papua, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea to New Caledonia.[1] It lives in coral reefs to depths of 56 metres (184 ft), where it can grow to lengths of 6.8 centimetres (2.7 in).[2] It is expected to feed on small crustaceans, similar to other pipefish. This species is ovoviviparous, with males brooding eggs and giving birth to live young.[1] The specific name honours Dr. Michel Kulbicki of L’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) in Nouméa, New Caledonia.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Manning, C. & Pollom, R. (2017). "Festucalex kulbickii". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T65367303A67624733. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T65367303A67624733.en.
  2. ^ Fricke, R. (2004). "Review of the pipefishes and seahorses (Teleostei: Syngnathidae) of New Caledonia, with descriptions of five new species". Stuttgarter Beitr. Naturkd., Ser. A Nr. 668: 1–67.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Festucalex kulbickii" in FishBase. February 2018 version.

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