Phoxocampus belcheri

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Rock pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Phoxocampus
P. belcheri
Binomial name
Phoxocampus belcheri
Kaup 1856[1]

Phoxocampus belcheri, also known as the rock pipefish, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Syngnathidae.[2] The species can be found in shallow reefs and tide pools throughout much of the Indo-Pacific ranging from the eastern coast of Africa and the Red Sea to Tonga and Japan.[3] Its diet likely consists of small crustaceans such as copepods.[4] Reproduction occurs through ovoviviparity in which the males brood eggs before giving live birth.[3]


  1. ^ a b Aylesworth, L.; Pollom, R. (2016). "Phoxocampus belcheri".
  2. ^ Aylesworth, L.; Pollom, R. (2016). "Phoxocampus belcheri".
  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. ^ Kendrick, A.J.; Hyndes, G.A. (2005). "Variations in the dietary compositions of morphologically diverse syngnathid fishes". Environmental Biology of Fishes. 72: 415–427.

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