Vanacampus margaritifer

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Mother-of-pearl pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Vanacampus
V. margaritifer
Binomial name
Vanacampus margaritifer
Peters 1868[1]

Vanacampus margaritifer, also known as the mother-of-pearl pipefish is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Syngnathidae[1]. They can be found inhabiting seaweed and seagrass beds in addition to rocky reefs along the southern and eastern coast of Australia from Brisbane to Perth [2]. Their diet likely consists of small crustaceans [3]. Reproduction occurs through ovoviviparity in which the males brood eggs before giving live birth[4].


  1. ^ a b Rachinski, T.; Pollom, R. "Vanacampus margaritifer". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  2. ^ Dawson, C.E. (1985). Indo-Pacific Pipefishes (Red Sea to the Americas). Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA: The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
  3. ^ Kendrick, A.J.; Hyndes, G.A. (2005). "Variations in the dietary compositions of morphologically diverse syngnathid fishes". Environmental Biology. 72: 415–427.
  4. ^ Breder, C.M.; Rosen, D.E. (1966). Modes of reproduction in fishes. Neptune City, New Jersey: T.F.H. Publications.

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