Halicampus nitidus

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Glittering pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Halicampus
H. nitidus
Binomial name
Halicampus nitidus
(Günther, 1873)
  • Doryichthys elegans Steindachner, 1901
  • Syngnathus nitidus Günther, 1873

The glittering pipefish (Halicampus nitidus) is a species of marine coastal fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is found in the Western Pacific, from Viet Nam to Fiji and from the Ryukyu Islands to New Caledonia, where it inhabits corals, sand and reef flats to depths of 20 metres (66 ft).[1]<[2] It can grow to lengths of 7.3 centimetres (2.9 in), and is expected to feed on small crustaceans, similar to other pipefishes. It is secretive and rarely observed. This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs and giving birth to live young.[1]


H. nitidus can be recognized by its distinctive zebra-like pattern of dark brown and silvery-white bands that run the length of its body and head.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Vaidyanathan, T. & Pollom, R. (2016). "Halicampus nitidus (errata version published in 2017)". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T65367783A115423734. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T65367783A67624512.en.
  2. ^ Myers, R.F. (1991). Micronesian Reef Fishes: A Practical Guide to the Identification on the Coral Reef Fishes of the Tropical Central and Western Pacific Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. p. 298. ISBN 978-0962156434.
  3. ^ Thompson, Vanessa J.; Dianne J. Bray. "Halicampus nitidus". Fishes of Australia. Museums Victoria. Retrieved 10 Jan 2018.

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