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updated 10/30/2014

Family Syngnathidae

Pipefishes & Seahorses

Syngnathids have bony plates that form an articulated armor to protect the body from injury, with holes for the fins, eyes, gills, and digestive tract.  Pipefishes are seahorses without curves.  They have tiny mouths to eat small invertebrates and fertilized eggs are transferred to a brood pouch on the male's belly for protection.

 

HAWAII

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REDSTRIPE PIPEFISH

 

 

Doryrhamphus excisus

BLUESTRIPE PIPEFISH

 


Hippocampus kuda

SMOOTH SEAHORSE

 

Halicampus edmondsoni 



EDMONDSON'S PIPEFISH

INDO-PACIFIC

Hippocampus bargibanti

GORGONIAN PYGMY SEAHORSE

 

Hippocampus denise

DENISE'S PYGMY SEAHORSE

Corythoichthys haematopterus

YELLOW-STREAKED PIPEFISH

 

Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus

RINGED PIPEFISH

 

Siokunichthys nigrolineatus

MUSHROOM-CORAL PIPEFISH

 


TROPICAL EASTERN PACIFIC

Hippocampus ingens

PANAMIC SEAHORSE

 


TEMPERATE AUSTRALIA

Phycodurus eques

LEAFY SEADRAGON

Phyllopterus taeniolatus

WEEDY or COMMON SEADRAGON

 


Family Solenostomidae

Ghost Pipefishes

INDO-PACIFIC

Solenostomus paradoxus

ORNATE GHOST PIPEFISH

 

Solenostomus cyanopterus

ROBUST GHOST PIPEFISH

 



Family Centriscidae

Shrimpfishes

INDO-PACIFIC

Aeoliscus strigatus

CORAL SHRIMPFISH