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Comprehensive Description

Biology

Typically found on small and sparse seagrass or algae that grow adjacent to reefs at shallow to moderate depths. Usually found in pairs (Ref. 48635). 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

Red Sea endemic.
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Indo-West Pacific: northern Red Sea and Mozambique to Torres Straits and Queensland, Australia.
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Western Indian Ocean.
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Western Pacific.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16 - 17; Analspines: 0; Analsoft rays: 4
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Size

Maximum size: 63 mm TL
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Max. size

6.3 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 4281))
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Diagnostic Description

Description

Reaches at least 6.3 cm.
  • Anon. (1996). FishBase 96 [CD-ROM]. ICLARM: Los Baños, Philippines. 1 cd-rom pp.
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Brown in color, dermal flaps blackish. Caudal absent in sub adults and adults. Females are slender and pipefish-like, but larger males are more seahorse-like (Ref. 48635).
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 20 m (Ref. 48635)
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Trophic Strategy

Found in inshore waters (Ref. 75154).
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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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