Festucalex rufus

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Pink pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Festucalex
F. rufus
Binomial name
Festucalex rufus
Allen & Erdmann, 2015

The pink pipefish (Festucalex rufus) is a species of coastal pipefish of the family Syngnathidae. It has been found in the East Cape area of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, as well as the Solomon Islands, Bali, and Seram Island.[1] It lives in sponges on coral reef slopes at depths of 10–25 metres (33–82 ft), where it can grow to lengths generally less that 4 centimetres (1.6 in).[2] They are found solitary or in pairs, always on an unidentified red tubular sponge which provides them with camouflage.[1] They are 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]


  1. ^ a b c d Pollom, R. (2017). "Festucalex rufus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T101730467A103209879. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T101730467A103209879.en.
  2. ^ Allen, G. R. & Erdmann, M. V. (2015). "Festucalex rufus, a new species of pipefish (Syngnathidae) from Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea". Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology. 21 (1): 47–51.