Nannocampus pictus

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Reef pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Nannocampus
N. pictus
Binomial name
Nannocampus pictus
Duncker 1915[1]

Nannocampus pictus, also known as the reef pipefish is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Syngnathidae[1]. They can be found inhabiting reefs and seagrass beds of the western Indian Ocean and the eastern coast of Australia including the Great Barrier Reef [2][3][4]. Members of this species can grow to lengths of 10 cm and their diet likely consists of small crustaceans such as copepods [3][5]. Reproduction occurs through ovoviviparity in which the males brood eggs before giving live birth [6][3].


  1. ^ a b Pollom, R. "Nannocampus pictus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  2. ^ Dawson, C.E. (1977). "Synopsis of Syngnathine pipefishes usually referred to the genus Ichthyocampus Kaup, with description of new genera and species". Bulletin of Marine Science. 27 (4): 595–650.
  3. ^ a b c Dawson, C.E. (1985). ndo-Pacific Pipefishes (Red Sea to the Americas). Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA: Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
  4. ^ Kuiter, R.H. (2000). Seahorses, Pipefishes and Their Relatives: A Comprehensive Guide to Syngnathiformes. Chorleywood, England: TMC Publishing.
  5. ^ Kendrick, A.J.; Hyndes, G.A. (2005). "Variations in the dietary compositions of morphologically diverse syngnathid fishes". Environmental Biology of Fishes. 72: 415–427.
  6. ^ Breder, C.M.; Rosen, D.E. (1966). Modes of reproduction in fishes. Neptune City, New Jersey: T.F.H. Publications.

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