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Species: Minyichthys inusitatus, Uncommon Pipefish

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snout short, central ridge - cónical spine
D 21-33
C 8
pectoral 8-13
lower body & tail ridges NOT joined
A 2-3

Minyichthys inusitatus Dawson, 1983

Uncommon Pipefish

Snout short, ~ eye length; ridge all along center of snout with a conical spine at center of snout, joining at rear with a pair of ridges on top of head; side of snout without spines; a low ridge along entire operculum angles slightly up and back; dorsal fin 21; anal fin 3; pectoral fin 10; no pelvic fins; tail fin 8; trunk rings 17-21, total rings 52-62; upper body and tail ridges interrupted near rear of dorsal fin; lower trunk ridge ends near anus; side trunk ridge joins lower tail ridge just behind anus; main trunk ridges indented to notched between rings, edges minutely toothed; trunk rings 18-19, tail rings 34-37, total rings 52-62; brood pouch under the tail, plates close with 1 overlapping the other; body cross-section V shaped below a little concave above; head and body without skin flaps.

Preserved fish tan; several narrow brown bars across nape; body with 10-11 brownish bars each 2-3 rings wide, separated by 2 ring pale interspaces; fins clear.

Reaches 3 cm.

The 2 collected specimens are pelagic juveniles collected in 100 m or more of water, although adults of other members of the genus are benthic.

Depth: 100-175 m.

Panama and Argentina.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Water column
  • Flotsam
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
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
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Temperate (>35N)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3
Depth Range Min
  • 100
Depth Range Max
  • 175