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Species: Cosmocampus albirostris, Whitenose pipefish

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snout medium, white/unpigmented
tail rings 24-31

Cosmocampus albirostris (Kaup, 1856)

Whitenose pipefish

Snout with ridge along side, moderately long (~42% of head length) and deep; ridges on head prominent; operculum with longitudinal ridge angled up towards gill opening; body stout, squarish in cross section; dorsal 21-25 rays; anal 2-4 rays; pectoral 11-15 rays; no pelvic fins; tail 10 rays; upper trunk and tail ridges not joined; ridge on flank of body straight, ends near anus; lower trunk and tail ridges joined; main body ridges sometimes with spines at end of rings; usually with skin flaps; trunk rings 16-18; 0-2 trunk rings under dorsal fin; tail rings 24-31; body with skin flaps; brood pouch under tail rings 12-20, with folds.

White to brownish; snout white to unpigmented; body sometimes with regularly spaced irregularly formed white and wider dark brown bars.

Reaches 21 cm.

Lives in seagrass beds.

Depth range: 0.5-50 m.

Bermuda to Brazil.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef and soft bottom
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Continent
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • All species..
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 21
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 50