Halicampus punctatus

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Starry pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Halicampus
H. punctatus
Binomial name
Halicampus punctatus
Kamohara, 1952
  • Yozia punctata Kamohara, 1952

The starry pipefish (Halicampus punctatus) is a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is endemic to Japan, found near Honshu, Kyushu, and Okinawa, where it lives in open sandy areas near reefs.[1] It can grow to lengths of 17 centimetres (6.7 in).[2] It is expected to feed on small crustaceans, similar to other pipefish. This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs before giving birth to live young. Males may brood at around 10 centimetres (3.9 in).[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c Vaidyanathan, T. & Pollom, R. (2017). "Halicampus punctatus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T65367935A67624477. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T65367935A67624477.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. ISBN 978-0917235009.

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