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Seagrass pipefish
awaiting identification*
Family Syngnathidae
updated Oct 2016

if you learn only 3 things about it ...
It looks just like a bit of root or rubbish. Look carefully to find one.
It hides among seaweeds and can't move fast. Watch your step!
The male looks after the eggs.

Where seen? This narrow root-like fish can be seasonally abundant in seagrass areas on our Northern shores. At low tide, it generally remains motionless among seagrasses and seaweeds, and resembles roots or twigs. Watch your step!

Features: 8-10cm. Body long, cylindrical and somewhat stiff. Long snout. Has pelvic fins, a dorsal fin at about mid-length of the body and a tiny fan-shaped tail fin. Comes in a wide range of colours and patterns, from black to brown, pink to green. Some have narrow pale bands widely but evenly spaced along the body. Others may be plain.

Status and threats: See Family Sygnathidae for threats to pipefishes and seahorses.

Changi, Oct 07

Small tail
Changi, Apr 05

Dorsal fin
Changi, Apr 05

Long tube-like toothless snout.
It has tiny pelvic fins.
Changi, Apr 05

Changi, Apr 09

Underside of 'pregnant' male fish.

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination of small features.
On this website, they are grouped by general large external features for convenience of display.

Seagrass pipefishes on Singapore shores

Photos of Seagrass pipefishes for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Changi Loyang, Apr 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Punggol, Jun 18
Photo shared by Richard Kuah on facebook.

Coney Island, Nov 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Tanah Merah, Oct 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.

Siloso, May 09
Photo shared by Ivan Kwan on his blog

Pulau Semakau, Dec 08

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Changi Carpark 4, Apr 15

Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Pulau Sekudu, Jul 16

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

St John's Island, Mar 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

St John's Island, Nov 15
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.
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