Enneacampus ansorgii (Boulenger, 1910)
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 Family:  Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses), subfamily: Syngnathinae
 Max. size:  13.8 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; pH range: 7 - 7.5; dH range: 10 - 18,
 Distribution:  Africa: Gambia river drainage to the Cuanza river, Angola (Ref. 4127).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 22-29; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 2-3. Diagnosis: extremely elongate; tubular snout, which is short, ratio head length/snouth length 2.1-2.8; tail longer than head and trunk; ratio SL/head length 8.4-10.8; body encased by bony plates or rings; 12-13 rings before, 31-37 behind, anus; dorsal-fin origin above anal fin, either on last ring of trunk or on first ring of tail; pelvic fins absent; 12-15 pectoral-fin rays; anal fin strongly reduced, with 2 or 3 rays; 9 caudal-fin rays; brood pouch of males on underside of tail (Ref. 57226). Description: brood pouch extending over 12-17 rings of tail (Ref. 57226). Coloration: back and lower sides with irregular diffuse bars occurring every 4 or 5 rings; rectangular brown spot on every ring and on ventral surface of body; light brown irregular spots on sides of trunk and tail; caudal fin marked with irregular spots (Ref. 57226).
 Biology:  Adults occur in coastal rivers and streams (Ref. 4127), and swamps (Ref. 57226). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 02.05.94
 Modified by: Geelhand, Dimitri - 12.03.15
 Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 02.07.94

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