Siokunichthys striatus Fricke, 2004
New Caledonian soft-coral pipefish
photo by Fricke, R.

 Family:  Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses), subfamily: Syngnathinae
 Max. size:  9.28 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 5 m
 Distribution:  Western Pacific: New Caledonia.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 26-26. This species is characterized by the striae on the ventral portion of the opercle; no longitudinal ridge on the opercle; 26 dorsal fin rays; 9-10 pectoral fin rays; 14 trunk rings; 43 tail rings; 5.5 subdorsal rings; dorsal fin origin on 1st tail ring; snout length 2.8 in head length, its depth 2.2 in snout length (Ref. 75989).
 Biology:  Collected among Sargassum on rocky substrate at 2 m (Ref. 75989).
 IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 21.11.08

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