Syngnathus floridae (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)
Dusky pipefish
Syngnathus floridae
photo by American Littoral Society - Southeast Chapter

 Family:  Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses), subfamily: Syngnathinae
 Max. size:  26 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range - 22 m
 Distribution:  Western Atlantic: disjunct distribution from Bermuda and Chesapeake Bay (USA), including the northern Gulf of Mexico, the Bahamas, and the western Caribbean Sea (Ref. 37039), to Panama.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 26-35. Preorbital bone appears as broad plate in front of eye (Ref. 26938).
 Biology:  Abundant in seagrass beds along coasts. Northern populations move offshore during colder months (Ref. 26938). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205). Feeds mostly on small grass shrimp and other small crustaceans (Ref. 93252).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
 Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 28.03.16
 Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 12.08.94

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