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Species: Bryx veleronis, Offshore pipefish, Sailor pipefish

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snout short, upcurved
body - pale bars
D 21-28
side body ridge straight, ends ~ over anus
lower body & tail ridges joined
operculum: longitudinal ridge, white spots
C small, dark
no A



Bryx veleronis Herald, 1940

Offshore pipefish, Sailor pipefish

Head short, 10-13% of SL; snout short (< ½ head length), with strongly concave profile, with low, finely serrated ridge along top; a ridge along top of operculum; 14-15 trunk rings, 33-37 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; dorsal 21-28 rays; pectoral 10-13 rays; no anal fin; brood pouch under tail, with semi-overlapping plates;  tail fin small, round, 10 rays.

Body and head light to dark brown, with pale bars, snout paler; white marks on opercle; tail brown, dorsal and pectoral clear.

Size: 6.5 cm.

Habitat: soft bottoms.

Depth: 3-20 m.

Costa Rica and Panama, Gorgona, Cocos, Malpelo, Galapagos and the Revillagigedos.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Brooded
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.5
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 20