Festucalex wassi

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Wass's pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Festucalex
F. wassi
Binomial name
Festucalex wassi
Dawson, 1977

Wass’s pipefish (Festucalex wassi) is a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is known from only six species, which were found in the coastal waters off Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa.[1] It inhabits soft coral habitats and coral rubble to depths of 50 metres (160 ft), where it can grow to lengths of 7.4 centimetres (2.9 in).[2] Little is known of the species’ feeding habits, but it is expected to eat small crustaceans, similar to other pipefish.[1] This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs and giving birth to live young.[2] The specific name honours the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist Richard C. Wass.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Manning, C. & Pollom, R. (2016). "Festucalex wassi (errata version published in 2017)". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T65367364A115422176. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T65367364A67624738.en.
  2. ^ a b Dawson, C.E., 1985. Indo-Pacific pipefishes (Red Sea to the Americas). The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA
  3. ^ "Biographical Etymology of Marine Organism Names. VW". Hans G. Hansson. Retrieved 30 May 2018.

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