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The Greater Pipefish (Syngnathus acus) can grow to 45cm.

Breeding[]

Takes place from May to August, the males carries the eggs and young in a brood pouch until they are about twenty-five mm long.

Habitat[]

Below the low tide mark to about 12 m, on sheltered coastline. It prefers sandy and muddy substrates.


Food[]

Small invertebrates, mostly crustaceans.

Range[]

Found from the Mediterranean to South West Britain.

Additional Notes[]

Similar to the Lesser Pipefish but is larger and has a crest above the head. The head has a long, thin, round snout with a small upturned mouth, the eyes are small and situated well back towards the gill covers. There is a crest above the head. The body is long and thin and covered with bony plates. Its colour is brown/green above fading to cream below. The Dorsal Fin is situated half way along the body, and pelvics are situated below this. The Caudal fin is fan-shaped, and small pectorals are situated behind the gills. No anal fin is present.

References[]

The Aquarium Project

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