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Solenostomus halimeda  Orr, Fritzsche & Randall, 2002

Halimeda ghostpipefish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Syngnathiformes (Pipefishes and seahorses) > Solenostomidae (Ghost pipefishes)
Etymology: Solenostomus: Greek, solen = tube + Greek, stoma = mouth (Ref. 45335);  halimeda: Named for the algae Halimeda, alludes to the species resemblance to the algae; noun of apposition..   More on author: Randall.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range ? - 23 m (Ref. 57851).   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.7 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-18; Anal soft rays: 17 - 19; Vertebrae: 32. This species is distinguished by the following characters: short dorsal, pelvic and caudal fins; truncate or slightly rounded caudal fin; fin membranes entire; olfactory rosette in females with a small dorsal patch of a nasal lamellae, males with a larger patch filling about half of the nasal cavity; no premaxillary spine; fin counts low; multifid dermal papillae; color in live individuals pale green with lighter mottling, spinous dorsal fin membrane between 2 anteriormost spines typically with large black blotches and body with scattered dark spot; small size at maturity, females with eggs 34.3-46.9 mm (Ref .57851).

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Indo-Pacific: from Maldives to the Marshall Islands.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in coral reef of inshore waters. Benthic species (Ref. 75154). Females carry the eggs in their pelvic fins that are modified to form a brood pouch (Ref. 205). Often among Halimeda or coralline algae, whhich it greatly resembles (Ref 90102).

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Orr, J.W., R.A. Fritzsche and J.E. Randall, 2002. Solenostomus halimeda, a new species of ghost pipefish (Teleostei: Gasterosteiformes) from the Indo-Pacific, with a revised key to the known species of the family Solenostomidae. Aqua, J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 5(3):99-108. (Ref. 57851)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5312   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.