Hippichthys parvicarinatus

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Short-keel pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Hippichthys
H. parvicarinatus
Binomial name
Hippichthys parvicarinatus
Dawson, 1978
  • Syngnathus parvicarinatus Dawson, 1978

The short-keel pipefish (Hippichthys parvicarinatus) is a species of fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is known from Darwin (Northern Australia) to the Torres Strait and southern Papua New Guinea.[1] It lives in coastal fresh and brackish habitats, such as mudflats, mangroves, gravel, sandy and rocky habitats, and coral and shell rubble. It can grow to lengths of 12 centimetres (4.7 in).[3] It is expected to feed on small crustaceans such as copepods, shrimps and mysids, similar to other pipefish. This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs in a brood pouch before giving birth to live young. Males may brood at 7.8 centimetres (3.1 in).[1][3]


H. parvicarinatus is light to dark brown, with the darkest colouring found on the distal half of the tail, lower side, stomach, and dark ring bars.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Vaidyanathan, T. & Pollom, R. (2017). "Hippichthys parvicarinatus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T65368088A67621203. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T65368088A67621203.en.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Hippichthys parvicarinatus" in FishBase. February 2018 version.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Thompson, Vanessa J.; Dianne J. Bray. "Hippichthys parvicarinatus". Fishes of Australia. Museums Victoria. Retrieved 17 Jan 2018.

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