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Species: Cosmocampus profundus, Deepwater pipefish

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body slender
snout long, slender
D 27
A 2-4
red, flank + 7 dark spots
tail rings 38-39

Cosmocampus profundus (Herald, 1965)

Deepwater pipefish

Body slender and elongate; snout without ridge along side, long (59% of head length) and slender, depth 9.8-11% of its length), ridge along top very low, rear part may be toothed or irregularly rippled; operculum with longitudinal ridge angled up towards gill opening, only on front 1/3 of operculum in  adult; dorsal 27 rays; anal 2-4 rays; pectoral 14-15 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 with toothed edges in adults; trunk rings 18; 0.5 trunk rings under dorsal fin; tail rings 38-39; brood pouch under tail rings 18-20, with folds.

Pale rosy red; 7 dark brown, eye-sized  spots along flank and front of tail; ~10 narrow white bars across top of back; lower 1/3 of body and tail whitish, mottled with red; fins clear.

Reaches 20 cm.

Coral and sand bottom

Depth range: 145-265 m.

E Florida to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Rocks
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Corals
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Brooded
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • All species..
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 20
Depth Range Min
  • 100
Depth Range Max
  • 265