Halicampus boothae

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Booth's pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Halicampus
H. boothae
Binomial name
Halicampus boothae
Whitley, 1964
  • Micrognathus boothae Whitley, 1964

Booth’s pipefish (Halicampus boothae) is a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is found in the Western Indian Ocean, in South Africa and the Comoro Islands, and in the Western Pacific, from South Korea and Japan to the Great Barrier Reef and Tonga.[1] It lives in rocks and coral reefs to depths of 30 metres (98 ft), where it can grow to lengths of 17.5 centimetres (6.9 in).[2] This species is ovoviviparous,[3] with males carrying eggs and giving birth to live young.[1] The specific name honours for Julie Booth, who "presented many interesting fishes to the Australian Museum from New South Wales and Lord Howe Island".[4]


Colour varies from light to dark brown, with evenly spaced pale bars along the pipefish’s back and upper side. Usually has a pale snout tip.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Kuo, T. & Pollom, R. (2016). "Halicampus boothae". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T65367461A67624492. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T65367461A67624492.en.
  2. ^ Dawson, C.E., 1985. Indo-Pacific pipefishes (Red Sea to the Americas). The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Halicampus boothae" in FishBase. February 2018 version.
  4. ^ a b Bray, D.J. & Thompson, V.J. (2017). "Halicampus boothae". Fishes of Australia. Museums Victoria. Retrieved 31 May 2018.

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