Sargassum pipefish

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Sargassum pipefish
Syngnathus pelagicus.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Syngnathus
S. pelagicus
Binomial name
Syngnathus pelagicus
  • Syngnathus rousseau Kaup, 1856

The sargassum pipefish (Syngnathus pelagicus) is a species of pipefish found in the western Atlantic: Maine (United States), Bermuda, northern Gulf of Mexico to Argentina, Nova Scotia, Antilles, and western Caribbean Sea from Yucatan to Colombia. It is a marine subtropical species, up to 18.1 centimetres (7.1 in) maximal length.[2] This is a little-studied species which is found in floating rafts of Sargassum weed where they are believed to feed on planktonic crustacea. Like other pipefish, this is an ovoviviparous species in which the male carries the fertilised eggs in a brood pouch located under his tail.[1]


  1. ^ a b Carpenter, K.E.; Smith-Vaniz, W.F.; de Bruyne, G. & de Morais, L. (2015). "Syngnathus pelagicus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2015: e.T46109095A46959106. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T46109095A46959106.en.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Syngnathus pelagicus" in FishBase. February 2018 version.

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