Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Syngnathiformes

Family: Syngnathidae

Specimen Description

Pipefish have prehensile tail that are thin and long . Like the seahorse, the male pipefish also carries the eggs. In some species, the male has a pouch on the underside of his tail. For those without a pouch, the eggs are glued to the underside of the male’s tail or abdomen. Pipefishes are weak swimmers in open water and fresh water. In marine they can move rapidly with help of their tails it can move one place to another easily because of the caudal fin they can easily move in sea water. If caudal fin is present to pipefish they are said to be flag tail pipefish. The flag tail pipefish swims easily in all waters.

About the Animal

The Pipefish is a unique, slender, long-bodied fish that has rings of bony armor along its body related to seahorses. Their snouts are long and tubular like the Seahorse with small mouths. They have a single dorsal fin and most have a small tail fin. There are nearly 200 species of Pipefish and they range in size from 1 inch to 26 inches. Pipefish come in a wide range of patterns and colors ranging from drab to brightly colored. There are a few species of Pipefish that can change their color in order to match their surroundings. You can often find Pipefish moving in groups and seem to sway along with the sea grass and water currents. The Pipefish is typically found in a tropical or subtropical region. While most Pipefish live in saltwater environments, some have been known to enter and survive in freshwater environments. There are a few types that are fully freshwater, occurring in rivers and streams. Most, however are marine or brackish.