Vanacampus phillipi

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Port Phillip pipefish
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Syngnathus phillipi
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Vanacampus
V. phillipi
Binomial name
Vanacampus phillipi
Lucas 1891[1]

Vanacampus phillipi, also known as the Port Phillip pipefish is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Syngnathidae.[1] They can be found inhabiting seaweed and seagrass beds along the southern coast of Australia from Perth to Jervis Bay, New South Wales including the coast of Tasmania.[2][3] Their diet consists of small crustaceans such as copepods, amphipods, and mysid shrimps.[4][5][6] Reproduction occurs through ovoviviparity in which the males brood eggs before giving live birth to 50 or less offspring.[4][7]


  1. ^ a b Rachinski, T.; Pollom, R. "Vanacampus phillipi". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 27 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. ^ Bray, J.D.; Thompson, V. "Port Phillip Pipefish, Vanacampus phillipi (Lucas 1891)".
  4. ^ a b 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.
  5. ^ Edgar, G.J.; Shaw, C. (1995). "The production and tropic ecology of shallow-water fish assemblages in southern Australia. III. General relationships between sediments, seagrasses, invertebrates and fishes". Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology: 107–131.
  6. ^ Kendrick, A.J.; Hyndes, G.E. (2003). "Patterns in the abundance and size-distribution of syngnathid fishes among habitats in a seagrass-dominated marine environment". Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 56: 1–10.
  7. ^ Martin-Smith, K. (2003). Role of syngnathids in shallow coastal ecosystems of southeastern Australia. Cronulla, Australia: ), Towards Ecosystem-based Fishery Management in New South Wales: Proceedings of the Experts and Data Workshop. pp. 89–100.

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