Penetopteryx taeniocephalus

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Oceanic pipefish
Penetopteryx taeniocephalus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Penetopteryx
P. taeniocephalus
Binomial name
Penetopteryx taeniocephalus
Lunel 1881[1]

Penetopteryx taeniocephalus, also known as the oceanic pipefish is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Syngnathidae [1]. The species can be found inhabiting coral rubble and gravel in many areas of the Indo-Pacific including Madagascar, Mauritius, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vanuatu [2][3][4]. Its diet likely consists of small crustaceans such as copepods [5]. Reproduction occurs through ovoviviparity in which the males brood eggs before giving live birth [6][3].


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  2. ^ Dawson, C.E. (1980). "Notes on some Siboga Expedition pipefishes previously referred to the genus Syngnathus". Bijdragen tot de Dierkunde. 50 (1): 221–226.
  3. ^ a b Dawson, C.E. (1985). Indo-Pacific Pipefishes (Red Sea to the Americas). Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA: The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
  4. ^ Letourneur, Y.; Chabanet, P.; Durville, P.; Taquet, M.; Teissier, E.; Parmentier, M.; Quéro, J.-C.; Pothin, K. (2004). "An updated checklist of the marine fish fauna of Reunion Island, south-western Indian Ocean". Cybium. 28 (3): 199–216.
  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. ^ 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.

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