Penetopteryx nanus

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Worm pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Penetopteryx
P. nanus
Binomial name
Penetopteryx nanus
Rosén 1911[1]

Penetopteryx nanus, also known as the worm pipefish, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Syngnathidae.[1] The species can be found in shallow water coral rubble and macroalgae habitats in the Western Atlantic from Providencia Island, Colombia, to the Bahamas and Belize.[2][3] Reproduction occurs through ovoviviparity in which the males brood eggs before giving live birth. Penetopteryx nanus are typically 3-6 millimeters when born and can reach up to recorded lengths of 3.17 centimeters in adulthood.[2] In their larval state, Penetopteryx nanus have well-developed fins, but these are lost in adulthood.


  1. ^ a b c Williams, J.T.; Brenner, J.; Pollom, R. (2014). "Penetopteryx nanus". doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T47150895A47461896.en.
  2. ^ a b Dawson, C.E.; Allen, G.R. (1978). "Synopsis of the 'finless' pipefish genera (Penetopteryx, Apterygocampus, and Enchelyocampus, gen. nov.)". Records of the Western Australian Museum. 6 (4): 391–411.
  3. ^ Acero, A.P.; Garzon, G.F. (1982). "Penetopteryx nanus (Rosen) (Pisces:Syngnathidae) in Isla de Providencia (Colombia), Western Caribbean". Cybium. 6 (4): 95–97.

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