Stigmatopora argus

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Stigmatopora argus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Stigmatopora
S. argus
Binomial name
Stigmatopora argus
  • Syngnathus argus Richardson, 1840
  • Stigmatophora olivacea Castelnau, 1872
  • Gastrotokeus gracilis Klunzinger, 1872
  • Stigmatophora gracilis Macleay, 1881
  • Stigmatophora depressiuscula Macleay, 1881

Stigmatopora argus, the spotted pipefish, is a species of ray-finned fish from the family of pipefish and seahorses (Syngnathidae). The scientific name of the species is the first validly published in 1840 by Richardson.[3][4]

It is endemic to Australia, is usually green with obvious black spots on its dorsal surface and can grow to a length of 27 centimetres.

Stigmaptopora argus has a prehensile tail that it uses to clasp seagrass or macroalgae. It feeds on small crustaceans, including copepods and mysids.[4]


  1. ^ Carlyle, C. & Pollom, R. (2016). "Stigmatopora argus (errata version published in 2017)". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T88342897A115514252. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T88342897A88342927.en.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Stigmapora argus" in FishBase. February 2018 version.
  3. ^ "Stigmatopora argus".
  4. ^ a b "Spotted Pipefish, Stigmatopora argus (Richardson, 1840)".

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