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Species: Bryx randalli, Ocellated Pipefish

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head 11% SL
snout medium, depth 30% length
snout whitish above, red below
D 22-27
body - white spots, in vertical rows; tail - white bars
no A

Bryx randalli (Herald, 1965)

Ocellated Pipefish

Head ~11% of SL; snout moderate length, upturned, depth 30% of its length, with low, finely serrated ridge along top; a ridge along top of operculum; dorsal 22-27 rays; pectoral 12-14 rays; no anal fin; no pelvic fins; tail fin 10 rays; 17-18 trunk rings, 30-33 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; brood pouch under tail, with semi-overlapping plates pouch under tail rings 14-19.

Grey brown; mottled; with whitish spots, often in vertical rows, forming bars, especially on the tail; rear of body yellowish-grey; snout yellow-green above, reddish below; cheeks olive brown, with oblique yellow lines; fins transparent.

Reaches 9.3 cm.

Rock and coral, also in algae in mangroves.

Depth range: 0.3-30 m.

The Caribbean.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Corals
  • Estuary
  • Mangrove
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 9.3
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 30