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Syngnathus rostellatus  Nilsson, 1855

Nilsson's pipefish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Syngnathiformes (Pipefishes and seahorses) > Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses) > Syngnathinae
Etymology: Syngnathus: Greek, syn, symphysis = grown together + Greek, gnathos = jaw (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; brackish; demersal; non-migratory; depth range 0 - 15 m (Ref. 35388).   Temperate; 61°N - 43°N, 11°W - 13°E

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 10.0  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 17.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6733)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Snout cylindrical. Pectoral and caudal fins present. With 13-15 bony plates between head and dorsal fin (Ref. 35388). Caudal fin somewhat angulous, diamond shaped (Ref. 59043).

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Northeast Atlantic: Bergen, Norway and southern portions British Isles to Bay of Biscay.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Often found on sandy shores among floating or attached seaweeds (Ref. 6733). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205). Spawns in summer. Young are sometimes caught pelagically in the North Sea (Ref. 35388).

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Dawson, C.E., 1986. Syngnathidae. p. 628-639. In P.J.P. Whitehead, M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J. Nielsen and E. Tortonese (eds.) Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Volume 2. Unesco, Paris.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: public aquariums
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00049 (0.00021 - 0.00115), b=3.12 (2.92 - 3.32), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.7   ±0.40 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (K=0.75).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (19 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.