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Species: Syngnathus auliscus, Barred pipefish

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long snout 36-50% head
D 26-33
trunk + tail rings 14-16 + 34-39
mottled green to red brown
operculum: no ridges
large C
A: 2- 4

Syngnathus auliscus (Swain, 1882)

Barred Pipefish

Snout long 36-50% of head length; head length 7.1-10.1 in SL; ridge along top of snout and head low, no spines along side of snout; adult with no ridge along upper operculum; ridge along side of body ends at level near anus; upper ridge of body discontinuous with that of tail just behind dorsal fin; ridges along bottom of body and tail joined; body ridges not elevated; body and tail rings 14-16+ 34-39; usually no skin flaps; anal fin 2-4; dorsal fin 26-33, fin low, its origin on trunk; pectoral fin 10-14; tail fin large, 10; brood pouch under tail, its plates folded inwards.

Generally greenish, sometimes red-brown; frequently with dark midlateral stripe and/or series of dark bars on side.

Reaches maximum size of 19 cm.

Usually among vegetation (or buried in sand at low tide) in bays and estuaries, occasionally among floating Sargassum.

Depth: 0-20 m.

Southern California to the Gulf of California to Peru.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
  • Estuary
  • Submerged vegetation
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Brooded
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continent only
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 19
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 20