Long-tailed ghost pipefish

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Long-tailed ghost pipefish
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Solenostomidae
Genus: Solenostomus
Species: S. armatus
Binomial name
Solenostomus armatus
M. C. W. Weber, 1913

The long-tailed ghost pipefish or armored ghost pipefish(Solenostomus armatus) is a ghost pipefish in the family Solenostomidae.[1] The species name comes from the Greek armatura, referring to this fish's armor of dermal plates.[2] Solenostomus leptosoma is now considered a synonym of S. armatus, the valid species identification.[3]

Physical appearance[edit]

S. armatus reaches a maximum length of 5.7 cm (standard length) and vary in color from dark red to beige. Compared to other ghost pipefishes, they possess an elongated caudal tail and peduncle, as indicated by their common name.[1]

Biology[edit]

The long-tailed ghost pipefish is a tropical marine species, found over muddy bottoms near reefs in the western Pacific Ocean. Like all ghost pipefish, females carry the eggs in pelvic fins that become modified to form a brood pouch.[1]

Conservation status[edit]

The IUCN conservation status of S. armatus has not been assessed.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Solenostomus armatus". Fishbase. Retrieved 5 Sep 2012. 
  2. ^ Orr and Fritzsche. 1993. Revision of the Ghost Pipefishes, Family Solenostomidae (Teleostei: Syngnathoidei). Copeia 1993:168-182.
  3. ^ "Search for Solenostomus armatus". Catalog of Fishes. Retrieved 5 Sep 2012. 
  4. ^ IUCN Redlist. Accessed: 5 Sept 2012

Further reading[edit]

  • Kuiter, RH. 2000. Seahorses, pipefishes, and their relatives: a comprehensive guide to Syngnathiformes. TMC Publishing. 240p.