Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Found in sand beaches, often in drifting algae. Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205).
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Distribution

Eastern Pacific: California, U.S.A. to Baja California, Mexico.
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Eastern Pacific: Half Moon Bay in central California, USA to south central Baja California and Guadalupe Island off north central Baja California, Mexico.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 250 mm TL
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Max. size

25.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850))
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Type Information

Type for Syngnathus exilis
Catalog Number: USNM 87543
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Year Collected: 1911
Locality: Between San Diego, California and San Benito Island, Mexico: L. California. W. San Benito Island, Baja California, Mexico, Pacific
Vessel: Albatross
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

demersal; marine
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Depth range based on 1 specimen in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0.61 - 0.61
  Temperature range (°C): 17.687 - 17.687
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.334 - 0.334
  Salinity (PPS): 33.668 - 33.668
  Oxygen (ml/l): 5.498 - 5.498
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.426 - 0.426
  Silicate (umol/l): 3.551 - 3.551
 
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Male carries the eggs in a brood pouch (Ref. 205).
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Wikipedia

Barcheek pipefish

Barcheek pipefish, Syngnathus exilis, is a species of the pipefishes. Widespread in the Eastern Pacific from the Half Moon Bay in central California, USA, to south central Baja California and Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Marine subtropical demersal fish, up to 25 cm length.

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