Naia Pipefish (Dunckerocampus naia)

Also known as Banded Pipefish, Candy Pipefish, Candycane Pipefish, Flagtail Pipefish, Many-banded Pipefish, Ringed Pipefish

Description

Also known as Banded Pipefish, Candy Pipefish, Candycane Pipefish, Flagtail Pipefish, Many-banded Pipefish, Ringed Pipefish.

Found singly or in pairs close to the bottom in crevices, under ledges amongst coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on small crustaceans which they suck whole into their mouths.
Length - 12cm
Depth - 15-40m
Widespread Pacific Ocean

Pipefish are like seahorses in that the male gives birth!
The female deposits their eggs after fertilisation into the males pouch located under their tail to incubate the eggs for one month before giving birth. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/64209

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