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Comprehensive Description

Biology

Planktonic fish taken within upper 200 m over depths of 610 to 7,120 m, whereas metamorphosed demersal examples are from coral habitats in 1.8 to 8 m. Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205). Apparently associates with live corals, including Galaxea fascicularis (Ref 90102).
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Distribution

Indo-West Pacific: Kenya (near Mombasa) and from the Philippines southeastward to Fiji.
  • Dawson, C.E. 1985 Indo-Pacific pipefishes (Red Sea to the Americas). The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA. (Ref. 5316)
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Indo-West Pacific.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal soft rays (total): 2226
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Size

Maximum size: 43 mm SL
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Max. size

4.3 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 5316))
  • Dawson, C.E. 1985 Indo-Pacific pipefishes (Red Sea to the Americas). The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA. (Ref. 5316)
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Diagnostic Description

Description

Planktonic fish taken within upper 200 m over depths of 610 to 7,120 m, whereas metamorphosed demersal examples are from coral habitats in 1.8 to 8 m.
  • Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2014). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
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Description: Characterized by having whitish or tan color in preservative, unknown live color; absence of anal fin; 10 caudal rays; rings 16 - 17 + 40 - 45; continuous superior and inferior trunk ridges with respective tail ridges; straight lateral trunk ridge, ends near anal ring; snout abbreviated with terminal mouth, pug-nosed appearance (Ref 90102).
  • 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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Type Information

Type for Bulbonaricus davaoensis
Catalog Number: USNM 112295
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): S. Baird
Year Collected: 1948
Locality: P.I.: Mindanao, Davao Gulf, Mindanao, Philippines, Pacific
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine
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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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