Halicampus spinirostris

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Spinysnout pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Halicampus
H. spinirostris
Binomial name
Halicampus spinirostris
Dawson & Allen, 1981
  • Micrognathus spinirostris Dawson & Allen, 1981

The spinysnout pipefish (Halicampus spinirostris) is a species of marine pipefish of the family Syngnathidae. It is found in the Indo-Pacific, from Sri Lanka to Samoa, and from Japan and the Marshall Islands to central Australia.[2][1] It lives in rocky and coral reefs, rubble, lagoons and intertidal zones, often at depths of 2–12 metres (6.6–39.4 ft), where it can grow to lengths of 12 centimetres (4.7 in).[2][1] It is expected to feed on small crustaceans, similar to other pipefish. This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs in a brood pouch before giving birth to live young.[1]


H. spinirostris is pale to dark brown coloured, with four alternating thick dark and thin white bars. It can be recognized by its distinctive spines on the snout.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Vaidyanathan, T. & Pollom, R. (2017). "Halicampus spinirostris". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T65367942A67624502<. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T65367942A67624502.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.
  3. ^ Thompson, Vanessa J. & Dianne J. Bray. "Halicampus spinirostris". Fishes of Australia. Museums Victoria. Retrieved 13 January 2018.

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