Fish Category: Seahorses and Pipe Fish

Seahorse and Pipefish

Seahorses range in size from 1.5 to 35.5 cm (0.6 to 14.0 in). They are named for their equine appearance with bent necks and long snouted heads followed by their distinctive trunk and tail. Although they are bony fish, they do not have scales, but rather thin skin stretched over a series of bony plates, which are arranged in rings throughout their bodies.

Pipefish look like straight-bodied seahorses with tiny mouths. The name is derived from the peculiar form of the snout, which is like a long tube, ending in a narrow and small mouth which opens upwards and is toothless. The body and tail are long, thin, and snake-like. They each have a highly modified skeleton formed into armoured plating.

Banded Pipefish

Banded PipefishThe Banded Pipefish is a relatively weak swimmer when compared to most other marine fish, however is still a better swimmer than its cousins in the seahorse family. When in its natural environment this fish will usually be discovered scavenging under corals and rocky overhangs. RequirementsThis pipefish is most certainly for those more experienced in Read More …