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Species: Cosmocampus hildebrandi, Dwarf Pipefish

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snout medium, ridges top and side
body stout
plain brown
D 19-21
A 2-4
tail rings 31-35

Cosmocampus hildebrandi (Herald, 1965)

Dwarf Pipefish

Body stout, squarish in cross section; snout with ridge along side, moderately long [42% (26-45%) of head length] and deep (25-71% of its length); operculum with longitudinal ridge angled up towards gill opening; dorsal 19-21 rays; anal 2-4 rays; pectoral 11 (10-13) 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; 0-2 trunk rings under dorsal fin; tail rings 31-35; trunk rings 16-18; body with skin flaps; brood pouch under tail rings 12-20, with well developed plates.

Pale brown, without distinctive markings.

Reaches 10 cm.

Lives in coral, rock and sand habitats.

Depth range: 4-73 m.

N Carolina to the NE Gulf of Mexico; northerrn Cuba.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Corals
  • Estuary
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • 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 non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 10
Depth Range Min
  • 4
Depth Range Max
  • 73