Image: Banded Pipefish, Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus

Banded Pipefish, Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus

The Banded Pipefish can be recognised by its pattern of red to blackish bars, by the presence of a distinct caudal (tail) fin, and by its very long snout.

This species lives in caves and crevices and grows to a maximum length of 18 cm.

The 12 cm long fish in the image was collected at 10 m depth on a coral slope in the Reef Islands, Solomon Islands.

Jeff Williams
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Banded Pipefish, Doryrhamphus dactyliophorus, Solomon Islands, 1998, Syngnathidae, Fieldwork, Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus,