Regularity: Regularly occurring
Type of Residency: Year-round
Global Range: Gulf Coast of Texas, Mexico. Corpus Cristi Bay south to Campeche.
Habitat Type: Marine
Comments: Stands of seagrass in shallow bays and passes, Gulf of Mexico.
Non-Migrant: No. All populations of this species make significant seasonal migrations.
Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make local extended movements (generally less than 200 km) at particular times of the year (e.g., to breeding or wintering grounds, to hibernation sites).
Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make annual migrations of over 200 km.
Number of Occurrences
Note: For many non-migratory species, occurrences are roughly equivalent to populations.
Estimated Number of Occurrences: 1 - 5
Comments: 2-3 reported localities.
1 - 1000 individuals
Comments: Only 26 specimens known, half from one locality.
Life History and Behavior
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: N1 - Critically Imperiled
NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
Reasons: Two known populations (Texas, Mexico); few specimens; apparently rare; limited habitat.
Degree of Threat: B : Moderately threatened throughout its range, communities provide natural resources that when exploited alter the composition and structure of the community over the long-term, but are apparently recoverable
Biological Research Needs: Clarify systematics; determine habitat.
Global Protection: None. No occurrences appropriately protected and managed
Comments: None protected. Too little known.
Needs: Protect bay ecosystem and seagrass habitat.
Texas pipefish (Syngnathus affinis) is a species of pipefish. It is found in the Western Atlantic near the coasts of USA. Marine demersal tropical fish. Rare species, which has possibly become extinct due to habitat loss.
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Names and Taxonomy
Comments: Formerly regarded as subspecies of S. FUSCUS; elevated to full species status by Dawson and Vari (1982).
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