Phoxocampus diacanthus

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Obscure pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Phoxocampus
P. diacanthus
Binomial name
Phoxocampus diacanthus
Schultz 1943[1]

Phoxocampus diacanthus, also known as the obscure pipefish or spined pipefish, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Sygnathidae.[1] It can be found inhabiting reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific from Japan and Sri Lanka to Samoa and New Caledonia in the south. [2][3][4] Its diet likely consists of small crustaceans.[5][6] Reproduction occurs through ovoviviparity in which the males brood eggs before giving live birth.[2]


  1. ^ a b Aylesworth, L.; Pollom, R. "Phoxocampus diacanthus". IUCN Red List.
  2. ^ a b Dawson, C.E. (1985). Indo-Pacific Pipefishes (Red Sea to the Americas). Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA: The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
  3. ^ Kuiter, R.H. (2000). Seahorses, Pipefishes and their Relatives. A Comprehensive Guide to Syngnathiformes. Chorleywood, UK: TMC Publishing.
  4. ^ Senou, H.; Kobayashi, Y.; Kobayashi, N. (2007). "Coastal fishes of the Miyako Group the Ryukyu Islands, Japan". Bulletin of Kanagawa Prefectural Museum (Natural Science). 36: 47–74.
  5. ^ Howard, R. K.; Koehn, J. D. (1985). "Population dynamics and feeding ecology of pipefish (Syngnathidae) associated with eelgrass beds of Western Port, Victoria". Marine and Freshwater Research. 36 (3): 361–370.
  6. ^ Ryer, C.H.; Orth, R.J. (1987). "Feeding ecology of the Northern Pipefish, Syngnathus fuscus, in a seagrass community of the Lower Chesapeake Bay". Coastal Estuarine Research Federation. 10 (4): 330–336.

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