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Gasterosteiformes  -  Syngnathidae  -  Bryx  -  Bryx veleronis

Bryx veleronis

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snout short, upcurved
body - pale bars  

D 21-28
side body ridge straight, ends ~ over anus

lower body & tail ridges joined


operculum with longitudinal ridge & white spots
  C small, dark

no A  


Bryx veleronis Herald, 1940

Offshore pipefish,     Sailor pipefish


Head short, 10-13% of SL;  snout short (< ½ head length),  with strongly concave profile, with low, finely serrated ridge along top;  a ridge along top of operculum; 14-15 trunk rings, 33-37 tail rings; ridges on upper body and tail not joined; ridge on mid side of body straight, ends near anus; lower body ridge joins lower tail ridge; dorsal 21-28 rays; pectoral 10-13 rays; no anal fin; brood pouch under tail, with semi-overlapping plates; tail not prehensile; tail fin small, round, 10 rays.

Body and head light to dark brown, with pale bars, snout paler;  white marks on opercle; tail brown, dorsal and pectoral clear.

        Size: 6.5 cm.

Habitat: soft bottoms.

Depth: 3-20 m.

        Costa Rica and Panama, Gorgona, Cocos, Malpelo, Galapagos and the Revillagigedos.

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