Hippichthys penicillus

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Beady pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Hippichthys
H. penicillus
Binomial name
Hippichthys penicillus
Cantor, 1849
  • Corythroichthys quinquarius Snyder, 1911
  • Hippichthys gazella Whitley, 1947
  • Parasyngnathus penicillus Cantor, 1849
  • Syngnathus altirostris Ogilby, 1890
  • Syngnathus argyrostictus Kaup, 1856
  • Syngnathus biserialis Kaup, 1856
  • Syngnathus penicillus Cantor, 1849

The beady pipefish (Hippichthys penicillus) is a species of pipefish of the family Syngnathidae. It is found in the Indo-West Pacific, from the western Persian Gulf, to the north central Indian Ocean, to Japan and Australia.[1] It lives in the lower parts of streams and rivers, estuarine habitats such as seagrass beds and mangroves, and shallow inshore habitats, where it can grow to lengths of 16–18 centimetres (6.3–7.1 in).[3][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. Average brood size is 177.[1][3]


H. penicuillus is usually tan, greenish, or brown, with narrow pale bars across the back and dark edged white spots on the sides. The sides of tail rings usually have a pale blotch on or above the inferior ridge.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Pollom, R. (2017). "Hippichthys penicillus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T172469A46653738. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T172469A46653738.en.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Hippichthys penicillus" 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, V.J. & Bray, D.J. (2016). "Hippichthys penicillus". Fishes of Australia. Museums Victoria. Retrieved 20 January 2018.

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