Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Known from a single specimen collected from a reef slope with algae-covered coralline rock-rubble (Ref. 48635). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205).
  • Allen, G.R. and R.H. Kuiter 1995 Bhanotia pauciradiata, a new species of pipefish (Syngnathidae) from Flores, Indonesia. Rev. Fr. Aquariol. 21(3-4):75-76. (Ref. 31114)
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Distribution

Western Central Pacific: Indonesia.
  • Allen, G.R. and R.H. Kuiter 1995 Bhanotia pauciradiata, a new species of pipefish (Syngnathidae) from Flores, Indonesia. Rev. Fr. Aquariol. 21(3-4):75-76. (Ref. 31114)
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Indonesia: Flores.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal soft rays (total): 17; Analsoft rays: 4
  • Allen, G.R. and R.H. Kuiter 1995 Bhanotia pauciradiata, a new species of pipefish (Syngnathidae) from Flores, Indonesia. Rev. Fr. Aquariol. 21(3-4):75-76. (Ref. 31114)
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Size

Max. size

3.2 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 31114))
  • Allen, G.R. and R.H. Kuiter 1995 Bhanotia pauciradiata, a new species of pipefish (Syngnathidae) from Flores, Indonesia. Rev. Fr. Aquariol. 21(3-4):75-76. (Ref. 31114)
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Diagnostic Description

Superior trunk ridge not continuous with superior tail ridge; inferior trunk ridge continuous with inferior trunk ridge; lateral trunk ridge straight, ending near anal ring; median dorsal snout ridge discontinuous with a pair of semi-isolated, ridge-like crests; each side of snout with a small conical projection; total body rings 44; dorsal rays 17 (Ref. 31114). Caudal fin minute (Ref. 31114).Description: Characterized by whitish color with faint dusky bars across dorsal and ventral surfaces; dorsal bars at intervals of every 3-4 body rings and ventral bars on every ring; 10 caudal rays; rings 16 + 28; length of snout 2.6-3.3 in head length (Ref 90102).
  • Allen, G.R. and R.H. Kuiter 1995 Bhanotia pauciradiata, a new species of pipefish (Syngnathidae) from Flores, Indonesia. Rev. Fr. Aquariol. 21(3-4):75-76. (Ref. 31114)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 10 - 12 m (Ref. 31114)
  • Allen, G.R. and R.H. Kuiter 1995 Bhanotia pauciradiata, a new species of pipefish (Syngnathidae) from Flores, Indonesia. Rev. Fr. Aquariol. 21(3-4):75-76. (Ref. 31114)
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Trophic Strategy

Bottom with scattered coral formations and algal covered coralline rock (Ref. 31114).
  • Allen, G.R. and R.H. Kuiter 1995 Bhanotia pauciradiata, a new species of pipefish (Syngnathidae) from Flores, Indonesia. Rev. Fr. Aquariol. 21(3-4):75-76. (Ref. 31114)
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Male carries the eggs in a brood pouch (Ref. 205).
  • Breder, C.M. and D.E. Rosen 1966 Modes of reproduction in fishes. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey. 941 p. (Ref. 205)
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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