Other identification tools | FishBase

Fish Identification: Find Species


Family: Syngnathidae Pipefishes and seahorses



(See list of species below)



Select Class:     Select Order:   
Select Family: Subfamily:     Select Genus:

Select Ocean (marine/brackish) or Continent (freshwater):
Select a country:
Only include species occuring above: m

Total number of spines in dorsal and anal fins (optional).      Enter total length (TL) and maximum body depth (BD)

Show family drawings / Hide family drawings



304 species
(see list below)
Export file

1 of 2 Next Jump to:

Photo by Ryanskiy, A.

East Indian Ocean
Max. Length 5 cm TL
Acentronura breviperula Fraser-Brunner & Whitley, 1949

Photo by Ryanskiy, A.
 
Acentronura breviperula
[]
No picture found
Western Pacific

 
Acentronura gracilissima
[Bastard seahorse]

Photo by Brett, O.J. / www.tropicalfavourites.com

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 6.3 cm TL
Acentronura tentaculata Günther, 1870

Photo by Brett, O.J. / www.tropicalfavourites.com
 
Acentronura tentaculata
[Shortpouch pygmy pipehorse]

Photo by Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 7.5 cm TL
Amphelikturus dendriticus (Barbour, 1905)

Photo by Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada
 
Amphelikturus dendriticus
[Pipehorse]

Photo by Johnson, L.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Anarchopterus criniger (Bean & Dresel, 1884)

Photo by Johnson, L.
 
Anarchopterus criniger
[Fringed pipefish]

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 12.5 cm TL
Anarchopterus tectus (Dawson, 1978)

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.
 
Anarchopterus tectus
[Insular pipefish]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 3 cm SL
Apterygocampus epinnulatus Weber, 1913

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Apterygocampus epinnulatus
[Briarium pipefish]

Photo by Satapoomin, U.

Eastern Indian Ocean and
Max. Length 9 cm SL
Bhanotia fasciolata (Duméril, 1870)

Photo by Satapoomin, U.
 
Bhanotia fasciolata
[Corrugated pipefish]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 7 cm SL

 
Bhanotia nuda
[Naked pipefish]

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 3.2 cm SL
Bhanotia pauciradiata Allen & Kuiter, 1995

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.
 
Bhanotia pauciradiata
[Few-rayed pipefish]

Photo by FAO

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 12.5 cm SL
Bryx analicarens (Duncker, 1915)

Photo by FAO
 
Bryx analicarens
[Pink pipefish]

Photo by Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 7.5 cm TL
Bryx dunckeri (Metzelaar, 1919)

Photo by Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada
 
Bryx dunckeri
[Pugnose pipefish]
No picture found
Western Atlantic

 
Bryx randalli
[]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 6 cm SL
Bryx veleronis Herald, 1940

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Bryx veleronis
[]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 5.5 cm SL

 
Bulbonaricus brauni
[Pugheaded pipefish]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 4.5 cm SL

 
Bulbonaricus brucei
[]

Photo by Ryanskiy, A.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 4.3 cm SL
Bulbonaricus davaoensis (Herald, 1953)

Photo by Ryanskiy, A.
 
Bulbonaricus davaoensis
[Davao pughead pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 5.5 cm SL

 
Campichthys galei
[Gale's pipefish]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 2.5 cm SL

 
Campichthys nanus
[]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 4.4 cm SL

 
Campichthys tricarinatus
[Three-keel pipefish]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 7.2 cm SL

 
Campichthys tryoni
[Tryon's pipefish]

Photo by Johnson, S.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 7 cm TL
Choeroichthys brachysoma (Bleeker, 1855)

Photo by Johnson, S.
 
Choeroichthys brachysoma
[Short-bodied pipefish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 8 cm SL
Choeroichthys cinctus Dawson, 1976

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Choeroichthys cinctus
[Barred shortbody pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean

 
Choeroichthys latispinosus
[Muiron pipefish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 8.5 cm TL
Choeroichthys sculptus (Günther, 1870)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Choeroichthys sculptus
[Sculptured pipefish]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 5 cm TL

 
Choeroichthys smithi
[]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 6.8 cm SL

 
Choeroichthys suillus
[Pigsnout pipefish]

Photo by Steene, R.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 10 cm SL
Corythoichthys amplexus Dawson & Randall, 1975

Photo by Steene, R.
 
Corythoichthys amplexus
[Brown-banded pipefish]

Photo by Erdmann, M.V.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 6.8 cm SL
Corythoichthys benedetto Allen & Erdmann, 2008

Photo by Erdmann, M.V.
 
Corythoichthys benedetto
[Benedetto's pipefish]
No picture found
Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 11.3 cm TL

 
Corythoichthys conspicillatus
[]

Photo by Rusconi, G.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Corythoichthys flavofasciatus (Rüppell, 1838)

Photo by Rusconi, G.
 
Corythoichthys flavofasciatus
[Network pipefish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 19.8 cm SL
Corythoichthys haematopterus (Bleeker, 1851)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Corythoichthys haematopterus
[Messmate pipefish]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 10 cm SL

 
Corythoichthys insularis
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 16 cm SL
Corythoichthys intestinalis (Ramsay, 1881)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Corythoichthys intestinalis
[Scribbled pipefish]

Photo by Field, R.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 11 cm SL
Corythoichthys nigripectus Herald, 1953

Photo by Field, R.
 
Corythoichthys nigripectus
[Black-breasted pipefish]

Photo by Greenfield, J.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 10.3 cm SL
Corythoichthys ocellatus Herald, 1953

Photo by Greenfield, J.
 
Corythoichthys ocellatus
[Ocellated pipefish]
No picture found
Western Pacific
Max. Length 13.4 cm SL

 
Corythoichthys paxtoni
[Paxton's pipefish]

Photo by Tonozuka, T.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Corythoichthys polynotatus Dawson, 1977

Photo by Tonozuka, T.
 
Corythoichthys polynotatus
[Many-spotted pipefish]

Photo by Field, R.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Corythoichthys schultzi Herald, 1953

Photo by Field, R.
 
Corythoichthys schultzi
[Schultz's pipefish]

Photo by Sampaio, C.L.S.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Cosmocampus albirostris (Kaup, 1856)

Photo by Sampaio, C.L.S.
 
Cosmocampus albirostris
[Whitenose pipefish]

Photo by Robertson, R.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Cosmocampus arctus (Jenkins & Evermann, 1889)

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Cosmocampus arctus
[Snubnose pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL

 
Cosmocampus balli
[Ball's pipe fish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 5.8 cm SL
Cosmocampus banneri (Herald & Randall, 1972)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Cosmocampus banneri
[Roughridge pipefish]
No picture found
Western Atlantic
Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Cosmocampus brachycephalus
[Crested pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 12.6 cm SL

 
Cosmocampus coccineus
[]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 7.4 cm SL

 
Cosmocampus darrosanus
[D'Arros pipefish]

Photo by Figueiredo, J.L./Menezes, N.A.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Cosmocampus elucens (Poey, 1868)

Photo by Figueiredo, J.L./Menezes, N.A.
 
Cosmocampus elucens
[Shortfin pipefish]
No picture found
Southeast Pacific
Max. Length 7 cm SL

 
Cosmocampus heraldi
[]
No picture found
Western Atlantic
Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Cosmocampus hildebrandi
[Dwarf pipefish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 9.5 cm SL
Cosmocampus howensis (Whitley, 1948)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Cosmocampus howensis
[Lord Howe pipefish]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 7.2 cm SL
Cosmocampus investigatoris (Hora, 1926)

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Cosmocampus investigatoris
[Investigator pipefish]

Photo by Winterbottom, R.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Cosmocampus maxweberi (Whitley, 1933)

Photo by Winterbottom, R.
 
Cosmocampus maxweberi
[Maxweber's pipefish]

Photo by Baldwin, C.C.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Cosmocampus profundus (Herald, 1965)

Photo by Baldwin, C.C.
 
Cosmocampus profundus
[Deepwater pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 5.2 cm SL

 
Cosmocampus retropinnis
[]

Photo by Busson, F.

Asia
Max. Length 41 cm SL
Doryichthys boaja (Bleeker, 1850)

Photo by Busson, F.
 
Doryichthys boaja
[]

Photo by WWF / Vidthayanon, C.

Asia
Max. Length 11.0 cm SL
Doryichthys contiguus Kottelat, 2000

Photo by WWF / Vidthayanon, C.
 
Doryichthys contiguus
[]

Photo by JJPhoto

Asia
Max. Length 18.5 cm SL
Doryichthys deokhatoides (Bleeker, 1854)

Photo by JJPhoto
 
Doryichthys deokhatoides
[]

Photo by Muchlisin, Z.A.

Asia
Max. Length 34 cm SL
Doryichthys heterosoma (Bleeker, 1851)

Photo by Muchlisin, Z.A.
 
Doryichthys heterosoma
[]

Photo by Panitvong, N.

Asia
Max. Length 15 cm SL
Doryichthys martensii (Peters, 1868)

Photo by Panitvong, N.
 
Doryichthys martensii
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 3.5 cm SL
Doryrhamphus aurolineatus Randall & Earle, 1994

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Doryrhamphus aurolineatus
[]

Photo by Bourjon, P.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 8 cm TL
Doryrhamphus bicarinatus Dawson, 1981

Photo by Bourjon, P.
 
Doryrhamphus bicarinatus
[Narrowstripe pipefish]

Photo by Field, R.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 4.3 cm SL
Doryrhamphus excisus abbreviatus Dawson, 1981

Photo by Field, R.
 
Doryrhamphus excisus abbreviatus
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific and Eastern
Max. Length 7 cm TL
Doryrhamphus excisus excisus Kaup, 1856

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Doryrhamphus excisus excisus
[Bluestripe pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 3.9 cm SL

 
Doryrhamphus excisus paulus
[]

Photo by Thuaibah Tanzil, J.I.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Doryrhamphus janssi (Herald & Randall, 1972)

Photo by Thuaibah Tanzil, J.I.
 
Doryrhamphus janssi
[Janss' pipefish]

Photo by Zuberbuhler, T.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 8.5 cm TL
Doryrhamphus japonicus Araga & Yoshino, 1975

Photo by Zuberbuhler, T.
 
Doryrhamphus japonicus
[Honshu pipefish]
No picture found
Western Pacific
Max. Length 6.2 cm SL

 
Doryrhamphus malus
[]
No picture found
Western Pacific
Max. Length 4.7 cm SL

 
Doryrhamphus negrosensis
[Negros pipefish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 14 cm SL
Dunckerocampus baldwini Herald & Randall, 1972

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Dunckerocampus baldwini
[Redstripe pipefish]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Dunckerocampus boylei Kuiter, 1998

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Dunckerocampus boylei
[Broad-banded Pipefish]

Photo by Bajol, R.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 8.5 cm SL
Dunckerocampus chapmani Herald, 1953

Photo by Bajol, R.
 
Dunckerocampus chapmani
[Glowtail pipefish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 19 cm TL
Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus (Bleeker, 1853)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus
[Ringed pipefish]

Photo by Field, R.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 19 cm TL
Dunckerocampus multiannulatus (Regan, 1903)

Photo by Field, R.
 
Dunckerocampus multiannulatus
[Many-banded pipefish]

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 12.0 cm SL
Dunckerocampus naia Allen & Kuiter, 2004

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.
 
Dunckerocampus naia
[Naia pipefish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Dunckerocampus pessuliferus Fowler, 1938

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Dunckerocampus pessuliferus
[Yellowbanded pipefish]

Photo by AquaNet

Africa
Max. Length 13.6 cm SL
Enneacampus ansorgii (Boulenger, 1910)

Photo by AquaNet
 
Enneacampus ansorgii
[]

Photo by MNHN

Africa
Max. Length 16.5 cm SL
Enneacampus kaupi (Bleeker, 1863)

Photo by MNHN
 
Enneacampus kaupi
[]

Photo by Henry, M.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Entelurus aequoreus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Henry, M.
 
Entelurus aequoreus
[Snake pipefish]
No picture found
West Pacific
Max. Length 13 cm SL

 
Festucalex cinctus
[Girdled pipefish]
No picture found
Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 8.2 cm SL

 
Festucalex erythraeus
[]
No picture found
Western Pacific
Max. Length 8 cm SL

 
Festucalex gibbsi
[Gibbs' pipefish]

Photo by Steene, R.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 6.8 cm SL
Festucalex kulbickii Fricke, 2004

Photo by Steene, R.
 
Festucalex kulbickii
[Kulbicki’s pipefish]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 3.6 cm SL

 
Festucalex prolixus
[]
No picture found
Western Pacific
Max. Length 3.8 cm SL

 
Festucalex rufus
[]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm SL

 
Festucalex scalaris
[Ladder pipefish]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 7.4 cm SL

 
Festucalex wassi
[Wass’ pipefish]

Photo by Banks, I.

Eastern Indian Ocean and
Max. Length 29.6 cm SL
Filicampus tigris (Castelnau, 1879)

Photo by Banks, I.
 
Filicampus tigris
[Tiger pipefish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 17.5 cm SL
Halicampus boothae (Whitley, 1964)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Halicampus boothae
[Booth's pipefish]

Photo by Steene, R.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Halicampus brocki (Herald, 1953)

Photo by Steene, R.
 
Halicampus brocki
[Brock's pipefish]

Photo by Brett, O.J. / www.tropicalfavourites.com

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Halicampus dunckeri (Chabanaud, 1929)

Photo by Brett, O.J. / www.tropicalfavourites.com
 
Halicampus dunckeri
[Duncker's pipefish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 9.4 cm SL
Halicampus edmondsoni (Pietschmann, 1928)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Halicampus edmondsoni
[Edmondson's pipefish]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm SL
Halicampus grayi Kaup, 1856

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Halicampus grayi
[Gray's pipefish]

Photo by Greenfield, J.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Halicampus macrorhynchus Bamber, 1915

Photo by Greenfield, J.
 
Halicampus macrorhynchus
[Ornate pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 7 cm SL

 
Halicampus marquesensis
[]

Photo by Shao, K.T.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Halicampus mataafae (Jordan & Seale, 1906)

Photo by Shao, K.T.
 
Halicampus mataafae
[Samoan pipefish]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 7.3 cm SL
Halicampus nitidus (Günther, 1873)

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Halicampus nitidus
[Glittering pipefish]

Photo by Suzuki, T.

Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 17 cm TL
Halicampus punctatus (Kamohara, 1952)

Photo by Suzuki, T.
 
Halicampus punctatus
[Starry pipefish]

Photo by Henke, M.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Halicampus spinirostris (Dawson & Allen, 1981)

Photo by Henke, M.
 
Halicampus spinirostris
[Spinysnout pipefish]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Halicampus zavorensis
[Zavora pipefish]

Photo by DeCloux, R.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Haliichthys taeniophorus Gray, 1859

Photo by DeCloux, R.
 
Haliichthys taeniophorus
[Ribboned pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 9.2 cm SL

 
Heraldia nocturna
[Upside-down pipefish]
No picture found
Oceania

 
Hippichthys albomaculosus
[]

Photo by Erdmann, M.V.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 16 cm SL
Hippichthys cyanospilos (Bleeker, 1854)

Photo by Erdmann, M.V.
 
Hippichthys cyanospilos
[Blue-spotted pipefish]

Photo by FAO

Africa, Asia and Oceania
Max. Length 15 cm SL
Hippichthys heptagonus Bleeker, 1849

Photo by FAO
 
Hippichthys heptagonus
[Belly pipefish]
No picture found
Oceania
Max. Length 8.2 cm SL

 
Hippichthys parvicarinatus
[Short-keel pipefish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm SL
Hippichthys penicillus (Cantor, 1849)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Hippichthys penicillus
[Beady pipefish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Hippichthys spicifer (Rüppell, 1838)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Hippichthys spicifer
[Bellybarred pipefish]

Photo by Lourie, S.A.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 35 cm OT
Hippocampus abdominalis Lesson, 1827

Photo by Lourie, S.A.
 
Hippocampus abdominalis
[Big-belly seahorse]

Photo by Zuberbuhler, T.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 13.6 cm OT
Hippocampus alatus Kuiter, 2001

Photo by Zuberbuhler, T.
 
Hippocampus alatus
[Winged seahorse]

Photo by Wirtz, P.

Eastern Central Atlantic
Max. Length 19.2 cm OT
Hippocampus algiricus Kaup, 1856

Photo by Wirtz, P.
 
Hippocampus algiricus
[West African seahorse]

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Hippocampus angustus Günther, 1870

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.
 
Hippocampus angustus
[Western spiny seahorse]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm OT
Hippocampus barbouri Jordan & Richardson, 1908

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Hippocampus barbouri
[Barbour's seahorse]

Photo by Brett, O.J. / www.tropicalfavourites.com

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 2.4 cm OT
Hippocampus bargibanti Whitley, 1970

Photo by Brett, O.J. / www.tropicalfavourites.com
 
Hippocampus bargibanti
[Pygmy seahorse]

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 10.8 cm OT
Hippocampus biocellatus Kuiter, 2001

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.
 
Hippocampus biocellatus
[False-eyed seahorse]

Photo by Lourie, S.A.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm OT
Hippocampus borboniensis Duméril, 1870

Photo by Lourie, S.A.
 
Hippocampus borboniensis
[Réunion seahorse]

Photo by Good, P.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Hippocampus breviceps Peters, 1869

Photo by Good, P.
 
Hippocampus breviceps
[Shorthead seahorse]

Photo by Lourie, S.A.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Hippocampus camelopardalis Bianconi, 1854

Photo by Lourie, S.A.
 
Hippocampus camelopardalis
[Giraffe seahorse]

Photo by Lourie, S.A.

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 12.1 cm OT
Hippocampus capensis Boulenger, 1900

Photo by Lourie, S.A.
 
Hippocampus capensis
[Knysna seahorse]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 13.3 cm SL

 
Hippocampus casscsio
[Beibu Bay seahorse]

Photo by Steene, R.

Pasific Ocean
Max. Length 2.7 cm SL
Hippocampus colemani Kuiter, 2003

Photo by Steene, R.
 
Hippocampus colemani
[Coleman's pygmy seahorse]

Photo by Lourie, S.A.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 18.7 cm OT
Hippocampus comes Cantor, 1849

Photo by Lourie, S.A.
 
Hippocampus comes
[Tiger tail seahorse]

Photo by Suzuki, T.

Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 13.3 cm SL
Hippocampus coronatus Temminck & Schlegel, 1850

Photo by Suzuki, T.
 
Hippocampus coronatus
[Crowned seahorse]

Photo by Bajol, R.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 9.8 cm SL
Hippocampus curvicuspis Fricke, 2004

Photo by Bajol, R.
 
Hippocampus curvicuspis
[New Caledonian thorny seahorse]

Photo by van Beeck, D.

Red Sea
Max. Length 2.4 cm SL
Hippocampus debelius Gomon & Kuiter, 2009

Photo by van Beeck, D.
 
Hippocampus debelius
[Softcoral seahorse]

Photo by Brett, O.J. / www.tropicalfavourites.com

Western Pacific
Max. Length 2.4 cm SL
Hippocampus denise Lourie & Randall, 2003

Photo by Brett, O.J. / www.tropicalfavourites.com
 
Hippocampus denise
[Denise's pygmy seahorse]

Photo by Figueiredo, J.L./Menezes, N.A.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 19 cm OT
Hippocampus erectus Perry, 1810

Photo by Figueiredo, J.L./Menezes, N.A.
 
Hippocampus erectus
[Lined seahorse]

Photo by Lourie, S.A.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 8 cm OT
Hippocampus fisheri Jordan & Evermann, 1903

Photo by Lourie, S.A.
 
Hippocampus fisheri
[Fisher's seahorse]

Photo by Lourie, S.A.

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14.4 cm OT
Hippocampus fuscus Rüppell, 1838

Photo by Lourie, S.A.
 
Hippocampus fuscus
[Sea pony]

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 10.5 cm OT
Hippocampus grandiceps Kuiter, 2001

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.
 
Hippocampus grandiceps
[Big-head seahorse]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 21.5 cm SL
Hippocampus guttulatus Cuvier, 1829

Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Hippocampus guttulatus
[Long-snouted seahorse]
No picture found
Northwestern Pacific
Max. Length 11.4 cm SL

 
Hippocampus haema
[Korean seahorse]

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 10.4 cm OT
Hippocampus hendriki Kuiter, 2001

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.
 
Hippocampus hendriki
[Eastern spiny seahorse]

Photo by Neto, G.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Hippocampus hippocampus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Neto, G.
 
Hippocampus hippocampus
[Short snouted seahorse]

Photo by Bednarzik, J.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 17 cm TL
Hippocampus histrix Kaup, 1856

Photo by Bednarzik, J.
 
Hippocampus histrix
[Thorny seahorse]

Photo by Lavan, J.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Hippocampus ingens Girard, 1858

Photo by Lavan, J.
 
Hippocampus ingens
[Pacific seahorse]
No picture found
Northwestern Pacific
Max. Length 1.6 cm SL

 
Hippocampus japapigu
[Japanese pygmy seahorse]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm OT
Hippocampus jayakari Boulenger, 1900

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Hippocampus jayakari
[Jayakar's seahorse]

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 4.4 cm OT
Hippocampus jugumus Kuiter, 2001

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.
 
Hippocampus jugumus
[Collared seahorse]

Photo by Ryanskiy, A.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 28 cm OT
Hippocampus kelloggi Jordan & Snyder, 1901

Photo by Ryanskiy, A.
 
Hippocampus kelloggi
[Great seahorse]

Photo by Greenfield, J.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Hippocampus kuda Bleeker, 1852

Photo by Greenfield, J.
 
Hippocampus kuda
[Spotted seahorse]

Photo by Lourie, S.A.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 4 cm OT
Hippocampus lichtensteinii Kaup, 1856

Photo by Lourie, S.A.
 
Hippocampus lichtensteinii
[Lichtenstein's Seahorse]

Photo by Lourie, S.A.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 5 cm OT
Hippocampus minotaur Gomon, 1997

Photo by Lourie, S.A.
 
Hippocampus minotaur
[Bullneck seahorse]

Photo by Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC)

Western Pacific
Max. Length 8 cm OT
Hippocampus mohnikei Bleeker, 1853

Photo by Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC)
 
Hippocampus mohnikei
[Japanese seahorse]

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 7.8 cm OT
Hippocampus montebelloensis Kuiter, 2001

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.
 
Hippocampus montebelloensis
[Monte Bello seahorse]

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 14 cm OT
Hippocampus multispinus Kuiter, 2001

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.
 
Hippocampus multispinus
[Northern spiny seahorse]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 6.5 cm SL

 
Hippocampus paradoxus
[Paradoxical seahorse]

Photo by Díaz de Astarloa, J.M.

Southwest Atlantic

Hippocampus patagonicus Piacentino & Luzzatto, 2004

Photo by Díaz de Astarloa, J.M.
 
Hippocampus patagonicus
[]

Photo by Winkel, D.

South East Asia
Max. Length 1.7 cm SL
Hippocampus pontohi Lourie & Kuiter, 2008

Photo by Winkel, D.
 
Hippocampus pontohi
[Pontoh's pygmy seahorse]

Photo by Banks, I.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 11 cm OT
Hippocampus procerus Kuiter, 2001

Photo by Banks, I.
 
Hippocampus procerus
[High-crown seahorse]

Photo by Fricke, R.

Western Pacific

Hippocampus pusillus Fricke, 2004

Photo by Fricke, R.
 
Hippocampus pusillus
[Pygmy thorny seahorse]

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 11.6 cm OT
Hippocampus queenslandicus Horne, 2001

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.
 
Hippocampus queenslandicus
[Queensland seahorse]

Photo by Lourie, S.A.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 17.5 cm OT
Hippocampus reidi Ginsburg, 1933

Photo by Lourie, S.A.
 
Hippocampus reidi
[Longsnout seahorse]

Photo by Henke, M.

South East Asia
Max. Length 1.4 cm SL
Hippocampus satomiae Lourie & Kuiter, 2008

Photo by Henke, M.
 
Hippocampus satomiae
[Satomi's pygmy seahorse]

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm OT
Hippocampus semispinosus Kuiter, 2001

Photo by Kuiter, R.H.
 
Hippocampus semispinosus
[Half-spined seahorse]

Photo by Lourie, S.A.

Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 10.8 cm SL
Hippocampus sindonis Jordan & Snyder, 1901

Photo by Lourie, S.A.
 
Hippocampus sindonis
[Shiho's seahorse]

Photo by Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC)

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 17.2 cm OT
Hippocampus spinosissimus Weber, 1913

Photo by Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC)
 
Hippocampus spinosissimus
[Hedgehog seahorse]

Photo by Maddern, M.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 20 cm OT
Hippocampus subelongatus Castelnau, 1873

Photo by Maddern, M.
 
Hippocampus subelongatus
[West Australian seahorse]

Photo by Ryanskiy, A.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 27.5 cm TL
Hippocampus suezensis Duncker, 1940

Photo by Ryanskiy, A.
 
Hippocampus suezensis
[Egyptian seahorse]

Photo by Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC)

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Hippocampus trimaculatus Leach, 1814

Photo by Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC)
 
Hippocampus trimaculatus
[Longnose seahorse]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 6.1 cm TL
Hippocampus tyro Randall & Lourie, 2009

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Hippocampus tyro
[]

Photo by Ryanskiy, A.

Asia
Max. Length 1.8 cm SL
Hippocampus waleananus Gomon & Kuiter, 2009

Photo by Ryanskiy, A.
 
Hippocampus waleananus
[Walea pygmy seahorse]

Photo by Lourie, S.A.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 13 cm OT
Hippocampus whitei Bleeker, 1855

Photo by Lourie, S.A.
 
Hippocampus whitei
[White's seahorse]

Photo by Lourie, S.A.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 8 cm OT
Hippocampus zebra Whitley, 1964

Photo by Lourie, S.A.
 
Hippocampus zebra
[Zebra seahorse]

Photo by Lourie, S.A.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 5 cm TL
Hippocampus zosterae Jordan & Gilbert, 1882

Photo by Lourie, S.A.
 
Hippocampus zosterae
[Dwarf seahorse]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 22.5 cm SL

 
Histiogamphelus briggsii
[Briggs' pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 26.5 cm SL

 
Histiogamphelus cristatus
[Macleay's crested pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 27.3 cm SL

 
Hypselognathus horridus
[Prickly pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 30.5 cm SL

 
Hypselognathus rostratus
[Knife-snouted pipefish]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific

 
Ichthyocampus bikiniensis
[]

Photo by FAO

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm
Ichthyocampus carce (Hamilton, 1822)

Photo by FAO
 
Ichthyocampus carce
[]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 5.5 cm TL

 
Idiotropiscis australe
[Southern little pipehorse]

Photo by Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory - Natural Sciences

Eastern Indian Ocean

Idiotropiscis larsonae (Dawson, 1984)

Photo by Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory - Natural Sciences
 
Idiotropiscis larsonae
[Helen's pygmy pipehorse]

Photo by Schlögl, E.

Southwestern Pacific
Max. Length 5.5 cm TL
Idiotropiscis lumnitzeri Kuiter, 2004

Photo by Schlögl, E.
 
Idiotropiscis lumnitzeri
[Sydney's pygmy pipehorse]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 12.9 cm SL

 
Kaupus costatus
[Deepbody pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 16 cm SL

 
Kimblaeus bassensis
[Trawl pipefish]

Photo by Adams, M.J.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 2.7 cm TL
Kyonemichthys rumengani Gomon, 2007

Photo by Adams, M.J.
 
Kyonemichthys rumengani
[Thread pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 63 cm SL

 
Leptoichthys fistularius
[Brushtail pipefish]

Photo by Galvez, M.E.

Southeast Pacific and Sou
Max. Length 25 cm SL
Leptonotus blainvilleanus (Eydoux & Gervais, 1837)

Photo by Galvez, M.E.
 
Leptonotus blainvilleanus
[Deep-bodied pipefish]
No picture found
Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 15.0 cm SL

 
Leptonotus elevatus
[Pipefish]
No picture found
Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 21.5 cm SL

 
Leptonotus norae
[Longsnout pipefish]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13.2 cm SL

 
Lissocampus bannwarthi
[]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 10 cm SL

 
Lissocampus caudalis
[Smooth pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 7.9 cm SL

 
Lissocampus fatiloquus
[Prophet's pipefish]
No picture found
Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 10.7 cm SL

 
Lissocampus filum
[Shortsnout pipefish]

Photo by Schulz, S.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 9.4 cm SL
Lissocampus runa (Whitley, 1931)

Photo by Schulz, S.
 
Lissocampus runa
[Javelin pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 7.2 cm SL

 
Maroubra perserrata
[Sawtooth pipefish]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 16.2 cm SL

 
Maroubra yasudai
[Orange pipefish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 8.5 cm TL
Micrognathus andersonii (Bleeker, 1858)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Micrognathus andersonii
[Shortnose pipefish]

Photo by Fricke, R.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 7.3 cm SL
Micrognathus brevicorpus Fricke, 2004

Photo by Fricke, R.
 
Micrognathus brevicorpus
[]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 67.5 cm SL

 
Micrognathus brevirostris
[Thorntail pipefish]

Photo by Sazima, I.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Micrognathus crinitus (Jenyns, 1842)

Photo by Sazima, I.
 
Micrognathus crinitus
[Banded pipefish]
No picture found
Southwest Atlantic

 
Micrognathus erugatus
[]
No picture found
Western Pacific
Max. Length 5.7 cm SL

 
Micrognathus micronotopterus
[Tidepool pipefish]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 6 cm TL

 
Micrognathus natans
[Offshore pipefish]
No picture found
Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 6 cm TL

 
Micrognathus pygmaeus
[Thorntailed pipefish]

Photo by JJPhoto

Africa
Max. Length 20 cm SL
Microphis aculeatus (Kaup, 1856)

Photo by JJPhoto
 
Microphis aculeatus
[]

Photo by Keith, P.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 15 cm SL
Microphis argulus (Peters, 1855)

Photo by Keith, P.
 
Microphis argulus
[Flat-nosed pipepfish]

Photo by Pöllabauer, C.

Asia and Oceania
Max. Length 22 cm SL
Microphis brachyurus (Bleeker, 1854)

Photo by Pöllabauer, C.
 
Microphis brachyurus
[Short-tailed pipefish]
No picture found
Asia and Oceania
Max. Length 11.5 cm SL

 
Microphis brevidorsalis
[Stream pipefish]
No picture found
Asia
Max. Length 6.8 cm SL

 
Microphis caudocarinatus
[Slender pipefish]
No picture found
Oceania
Max. Length 15.5 cm SL

 
Microphis cruentus
[Dumbéa river pipefish]

Photo by Mahalder, B.

Asia
Max. Length 17.5 cm SL
Microphis cuncalus (Hamilton, 1822)

Photo by Mahalder, B.
 
Microphis cuncalus
[Crocodile-tooth pipefish]

Photo by Aquaristikhaus

Asia
Max. Length 15 cm SL
Microphis deocata (Hamilton, 1822)

Photo by Aquaristikhaus
 
Microphis deocata
[Deocata pipefish]
No picture found
Asia
Max. Length 12 cm SL

 
Microphis dunckeri
[]

Photo by SAIAB

Africa
Max. Length 21 cm TL
Microphis fluviatilis (Peters, 1852)

Photo by SAIAB
 
Microphis fluviatilis
[Freshwater pipefish]

Photo by Shao, K.T.

Africa
Max. Length 19 cm SL
Microphis leiaspis (Bleeker, 1854)

Photo by Shao, K.T.
 
Microphis leiaspis
[Barhead pipefish]

Photo by Figueiredo, J.L./Menezes, N.A.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 19.4 cm SL
Microphis lineatus (Kaup, 1856)

Photo by Figueiredo, J.L./Menezes, N.A.
 
Microphis lineatus
[Opossum pipefish]

Photo by Shao, K.T.

Asia and Oceania
Max. Length 20 cm SL
Microphis manadensis (Bleeker, 1856)

Photo by Shao, K.T.
 
Microphis manadensis
[Menado pipefish]
No picture found
Asia
Max. Length 15 cm SL

 
Microphis mento
[]

Photo by Keith, P.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Microphis millepunctatus (Kaup, 1856)

Photo by Keith, P.
 
Microphis millepunctatus
[Shorttail pipefish]
No picture found
Asia
Max. Length 12.5 cm SL

 
Microphis ocellatus
[]
No picture found
Asia
Max. Length 15 cm SL

 
Microphis pleurostictus
[]

Photo by Appleby, C.

Asia and Oceania
Max. Length 14.5 cm SL
Microphis retzii (Bleeker, 1856)

Photo by Appleby, C.
 
Microphis retzii
[Ragged-tail pipefish]
No picture found
Oceania
Max. Length 15 cm SL

 
Microphis spinachioides
[Spinach pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 4.6 cm SL

 
Minyichthys brachyrhinus
[]
No picture found
Western Central Atlantic

 
Minyichthys inusitatus
[]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 6 cm TL

 
Minyichthys myersi
[Myer's pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 6 cm TL

 
Minyichthys sentus
[]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 22.2 cm SL

 
Mitotichthys meraculus
[Western crested pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 15.9 cm SL

 
Mitotichthys mollisoni
[Mollison's pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 26.8 cm SL

 
Mitotichthys semistriatus
[Half-banded pipefish]
No picture found
Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 15.9 cm SL

 
Mitotichthys tuckeri
[Tucker's pipefish]

Photo by SFSA

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Nannocampus elegans Smith, 1953

Photo by SFSA
 
Nannocampus elegans
[Elegant pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean and

 
Nannocampus lindemanensis
[Painted pipefish]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Nannocampus pictus
[Reef pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 9.1 cm SL

 
Nannocampus subosseus
[Bony-headed pipefish]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Nannocampus weberi
[Reef-flat pipefish]

Photo by Svensen, E.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 17 cm TL
Nerophis lumbriciformis (Jenyns, 1835)

Photo by Svensen, E.
 
Nerophis lumbriciformis
[Worm pipefish]

Photo by Neto, G.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Nerophis maculatus Rafinesque, 1810

Photo by Neto, G.
 
Nerophis maculatus
[]

Photo by Svensen, R.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Nerophis ophidion (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Svensen, R.
 
Nerophis ophidion
[Straightnose pipefish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 16.4 cm SL

 
Notiocampus ruber
[Red pipefish]
No picture found
Asia

 
Oostethus insularis
[Andaman pipefish]
No picture found
Asia
Max. Length 16 cm SL

 
Oostethus jagorii
[]

Photo by Smith, D.G.

Western Central Atlantic
Max. Length 3.2 cm SL
Penetopteryx nanus (Rosén, 1911)

Photo by Smith, D.G.
 
Penetopteryx nanus
[Lost pipefish]
No picture found
Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 7.3 cm SL

 
Penetopteryx taeniocephalus
[Oceanic pipefish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 7.2 cm SL
Phoxocampus belcheri (Kaup, 1856)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Phoxocampus belcheri
[Rock pipefish]

Photo by Wass, R.C.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 8.7 cm SL
Phoxocampus diacanthus (Schultz, 1943)

Photo by Wass, R.C.
 
Phoxocampus diacanthus
[Spined pipefish]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 8 cm TL
Phoxocampus tetrophthalmus (Bleeker, 1858)

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Phoxocampus tetrophthalmus
[Trunk-barred pipefish]

Photo by Maddern, M.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 35 cm TL
Phycodurus eques (Günther, 1865)

Photo by Maddern, M.
 
Phycodurus eques
[Leafy seadragon]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 25.9 cm TL

 
Phyllopteryx dewysea
[]

Photo by Good, P.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 46 cm TL
Phyllopteryx taeniolatus (Lacepède, 1804)

Photo by Good, P.
 
Phyllopteryx taeniolatus
[Common seadragon]

Photo by Molina, A.

Central America
Max. Length 18.5 cm SL
Pseudophallus elcapitanensis (Meek & Hildebrand, 1914)

Photo by Molina, A.
 
Pseudophallus elcapitanensis
[]

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.

Central and South America
Max. Length 16 cm SL
Pseudophallus mindii (Meek & Hildebrand, 1923)

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.
 
Pseudophallus mindii
[]

Photo by Nugra Salazar, F.

Central and South America
Max. Length 17.6 cm SL
Pseudophallus starksii (Jordan & Culver, 1895)

Photo by Nugra Salazar, F.
 
Pseudophallus starksii
[]

Photo by Good, P.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 18.2 cm SL
Pugnaso curtirostris (Castelnau, 1872)

Photo by Good, P.
 
Pugnaso curtirostris
[Pug-nosed pipefish]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 6.1 cm SL

 
Siokunichthys bentuviai
[Barred xenia-pipefish]

Photo by Ryanskiy, A.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 15 cm SL
Siokunichthys breviceps Smith, 1963

Photo by Ryanskiy, A.
 
Siokunichthys breviceps
[Softcoral pipefish]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 7.6 cm SL

 
Siokunichthys herrei
[Herre’s pipefish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 8 cm SL
Siokunichthys nigrolineatus Dawson, 1983

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Siokunichthys nigrolineatus
[Mushroom-coral pipefish]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 4.3 cm SL

 
Siokunichthys southwelli
[Southwell's pipefish]



304 species

Sort by: Species Length Year
1 of 2 Next Jump to:
Export file
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Acentronura breviperula East Indian Ocean 5 TL 1949
Acentronura gracilissima Bastard seahorse Western Pacific 1850
Acentronura tentaculata Shortpouch pygmy pipehorse Indo-West Pacific 6.3 TL 1870
Amphelikturus dendriticus Pipehorse Western Atlantic 7.5 TL 1905
Anarchopterus criniger Fringed pipefish Western Atlantic 10 TL 1884
Anarchopterus tectus Insular pipefish Western Atlantic 12.5 TL 1978
Apterygocampus epinnulatus Briarium pipefish Western Central Pacific 3 SL 1913
Bhanotia fasciolata Corrugated pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean and 9 SL 1870
Bhanotia nuda Naked pipefish Western Central Pacific 7 SL 1978
Bhanotia pauciradiata Few-rayed pipefish Western Central Pacific 3.2 SL 1995
Bryx analicarens Pink pipefish Western Indian Ocean 12.5 SL 1915
Bryx dunckeri Pugnose pipefish Western Atlantic 7.5 TL 1919
Bryx randalli Western Atlantic 1965
Bryx veleronis Eastern Pacific 6 SL 1940
Bulbonaricus brauni Pugheaded pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 5.5 SL 1978
Bulbonaricus brucei Western Indian Ocean 4.5 SL 1984
Bulbonaricus davaoensis Davao pughead pipefish Indo-West Pacific 4.3 SL 1953
Campichthys galei Gale's pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 5.5 SL 1909
Campichthys nanus Western Indian Ocean 2.5 SL 1977
Campichthys tricarinatus Three-keel pipefish Western Central Pacific 4.4 SL 1977
Campichthys tryoni Tryon's pipefish Western Central Pacific 7.2 SL 1890
Choeroichthys brachysoma Short-bodied pipefish Indo-Pacific 7 TL 1855
Choeroichthys cinctus Barred shortbody pipefish Western Pacific 8 SL 1976
Choeroichthys latispinosus Muiron pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 1978
Choeroichthys sculptus Sculptured pipefish Indo-Pacific 8.5 TL 1870
Choeroichthys smithi Western Indian Ocean 5 TL 1976
Choeroichthys suillus Pigsnout pipefish Western Central Pacific 6.8 SL 1951
Corythoichthys amplexus Brown-banded pipefish Indo-West Pacific 10 SL 1975
Corythoichthys benedetto Benedetto's pipefish Indo-West Pacific 6.8 SL 2008
Corythoichthys conspicillatus Pacific Ocean 11.3 TL 1842
Corythoichthys flavofasciatus Network pipefish Indo-Pacific 12 TL 1838
Corythoichthys haematopterus Messmate pipefish Indo-Pacific 19.8 SL 1851
Corythoichthys insularis Western Indian Ocean 10 SL 1977
Corythoichthys intestinalis Scribbled pipefish Western Central Pacific 16 SL 1881
Corythoichthys nigripectus Black-breasted pipefish Indo-Pacific 11 SL 1953
Corythoichthys ocellatus Ocellated pipefish Western Central Pacific 10.3 SL 1953
Corythoichthys paxtoni Paxton's pipefish Western Pacific 13.4 SL 1977
Corythoichthys polynotatus Many-spotted pipefish Western Central Pacific 16 TL 1977
Corythoichthys schultzi Schultz's pipefish Indo-Pacific 16 TL 1953
Cosmocampus albirostris Whitenose pipefish Western Atlantic 20 TL 1856
Cosmocampus arctus Snubnose pipefish Eastern Pacific 12 TL 1889
Cosmocampus balli Ball's pipe fish Eastern Central Pacific 12 TL 1925
Cosmocampus banneri Roughridge pipefish Indo-West Pacific 5.8 SL 1972
Cosmocampus brachycephalus Crested pipefish Western Atlantic 10 TL 1868
Cosmocampus coccineus Eastern Pacific 12.6 SL 1940
Cosmocampus darrosanus D'Arros pipefish Indo-West Pacific 7.4 SL 1975
Cosmocampus elucens Shortfin pipefish Western Atlantic 15 TL 1868
Cosmocampus heraldi Southeast Pacific 7 SL 1980
Cosmocampus hildebrandi Dwarf pipefish Western Atlantic 10 TL 1965
Cosmocampus howensis Lord Howe pipefish Indo-Pacific 9.5 SL 1948
Cosmocampus investigatoris Investigator pipefish Indo-West Pacific 7.2 SL 1926
Cosmocampus maxweberi Maxweber's pipefish Indo-Pacific 10 TL 1933
Cosmocampus profundus Deepwater pipefish Western Atlantic 20 TL 1965
Cosmocampus retropinnis Eastern Atlantic 5.2 SL 1982
Doryichthys boaja Asia 41 SL 1850
Doryichthys contiguus Asia 11.0 SL 2000
Doryichthys deokhatoides Asia 18.5 SL 1854
Doryichthys heterosoma Asia 34 SL 1851
Doryichthys martensii Asia 15 SL 1868
Doryrhamphus aurolineatus Western Indian Ocean 3.5 SL 1994
Doryrhamphus bicarinatus Narrowstripe pipefish Western Indian Ocean 8 TL 1981
Doryrhamphus excisus abbreviatus Western Indian Ocean 4.3 SL 1981
Doryrhamphus excisus excisus Bluestripe pipefish Indo-Pacific and Eastern 7 TL 1856
Doryrhamphus excisus paulus Eastern Central Pacific 3.9 SL 1980
Doryrhamphus janssi Janss' pipefish Western Central Pacific 14 TL 1972
Doryrhamphus japonicus Honshu pipefish Western Pacific 8.5 TL 1975
Doryrhamphus malus Western Pacific 6.2 SL 1954
Doryrhamphus negrosensis Negros pipefish Western Pacific 4.7 SL 1934
Dunckerocampus baldwini Redstripe pipefish Indo-Pacific 14 SL 1972
Dunckerocampus boylei Broad-banded Pipefish Indian Ocean 16 TL 1998
Dunckerocampus chapmani Glowtail pipefish Southwest Pacific 8.5 SL 1953
Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus Ringed pipefish Indo-Pacific 19 TL 1853
Dunckerocampus multiannulatus Many-banded pipefish Western Indian Ocean 19 TL 1903
Dunckerocampus naia Naia pipefish Pacific Ocean 12.0 SL 2004
Dunckerocampus pessuliferus Yellowbanded pipefish Western Central Pacific 16 TL 1938
Enneacampus ansorgii Africa 13.6 SL 1910
Enneacampus kaupi Africa 16.5 SL 1863
Entelurus aequoreus Snake pipefish Eastern Atlantic 60 TL 1758
Festucalex cinctus Girdled pipefish West Pacific 13 SL 1882
Festucalex erythraeus Indo-Pacific 8.2 SL 1905
Festucalex gibbsi Gibbs' pipefish Western Pacific 8 SL 1977
Festucalex kulbickii Kulbicki’s pipefish Western Central Pacific 6.8 SL 2004
Festucalex prolixus Western Central Pacific 3.6 SL 1984
Festucalex rufus Western Pacific 3.8 SL 2015
Festucalex scalaris Ladder pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 18 SL 1870
Festucalex wassi Wass’ pipefish Western Central Pacific 7.4 SL 1977
Filicampus tigris Tiger pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean and 29.6 SL 1879
Halicampus boothae Booth's pipefish Western Indian Ocean 17.5 SL 1964
Halicampus brocki Brock's pipefish Western Pacific 12 TL 1953
Halicampus dunckeri Duncker's pipefish Indo-West Pacific 15 TL 1929
Halicampus edmondsoni Edmondson's pipefish Eastern Central Pacific 9.4 SL 1928
Halicampus grayi Gray's pipefish Indo-West Pacific 20 SL 1856
Halicampus macrorhynchus Ornate pipefish Indo-West Pacific 18 TL 1915
Halicampus marquesensis Eastern Central Pacific 7 SL 1984
Halicampus mataafae Samoan pipefish Indo-Pacific 14 TL 1906
Halicampus nitidus Glittering pipefish Western Pacific 7.3 SL 1873
Halicampus punctatus Starry pipefish Northwest Pacific 17 TL 1952
Halicampus spinirostris Spinysnout pipefish Indo-Pacific 12 TL 1981
Halicampus zavorensis Zavora pipefish Western Indian Ocean 10 TL 1984
Haliichthys taeniophorus Ribboned pipefish Indo-Pacific 30 TL 1859
Heraldia nocturna Upside-down pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 9.2 SL 1975
Hippichthys albomaculosus Oceania 2010
Hippichthys cyanospilos Blue-spotted pipefish Indo-Pacific 16 SL 1854
Hippichthys heptagonus Belly pipefish Africa, Asia and Oceania 15 SL 1849
Hippichthys parvicarinatus Short-keel pipefish Oceania 8.2 SL 1978
Hippichthys penicillus Beady pipefish Indo-West Pacific 18 SL 1849
Hippichthys spicifer Bellybarred pipefish Indo-Pacific 18 TL 1838
Hippocampus abdominalis Big-belly seahorse Southwest Pacific 35 OT 1827
Hippocampus alatus Winged seahorse Indo-West Pacific 13.6 OT 2001
Hippocampus algiricus West African seahorse Eastern Central Atlantic 19.2 OT 1856
Hippocampus angustus Western spiny seahorse Eastern Indian Ocean 22 TL 1870
Hippocampus barbouri Barbour's seahorse Western Central Pacific 15 OT 1908
Hippocampus bargibanti Pygmy seahorse Indo-West Pacific 2.4 OT 1970
Hippocampus biocellatus False-eyed seahorse Eastern Indian Ocean 10.8 OT 2001
Hippocampus borboniensis Réunion seahorse Western Indian Ocean 14 OT 1870
Hippocampus breviceps Shorthead seahorse Indo-Pacific 15 TL 1869
Hippocampus camelopardalis Giraffe seahorse Western Indian Ocean 10 TL 1854
Hippocampus capensis Knysna seahorse Southeast Atlantic 12.1 OT 1900
Hippocampus casscsio Beibu Bay seahorse Northwest Pacific 13.3 SL 2016
Hippocampus colemani Coleman's pygmy seahorse Pasific Ocean 2.7 SL 2003
Hippocampus comes Tiger tail seahorse Western Central Pacific 18.7 OT 1849
Hippocampus coronatus Crowned seahorse Northwest Pacific 13.3 SL 1850
Hippocampus curvicuspis New Caledonian thorny seahorse Western Pacific 9.8 SL 2004
Hippocampus debelius Softcoral seahorse Red Sea 2.4 SL 2009
Hippocampus denise Denise's pygmy seahorse Western Pacific 2.4 SL 2003
Hippocampus erectus Lined seahorse Western Atlantic 19 OT 1810
Hippocampus fisheri Fisher's seahorse Western Pacific 8 OT 1903
Hippocampus fuscus Sea pony Indian Ocean 14.4 OT 1838
Hippocampus grandiceps Big-head seahorse Western Central Pacific 10.5 OT 2001
Hippocampus guttulatus Long-snouted seahorse Eastern Atlantic 21.5 SL 1829
Hippocampus haema Korean seahorse Northwestern Pacific 11.4 SL 2017
Hippocampus hendriki Eastern spiny seahorse Western Central Pacific 10.4 OT 2001
Hippocampus hippocampus Short snouted seahorse Eastern Atlantic 15 TL 1758
Hippocampus histrix Thorny seahorse Indo-Pacific 17 TL 1856
Hippocampus ingens Pacific seahorse Eastern Pacific 30 TL 1858
Hippocampus japapigu Japanese pygmy seahorse Northwestern Pacific 1.6 SL 2018
Hippocampus jayakari Jayakar's seahorse Western Indian Ocean 14 OT 1900
Hippocampus jugumus Collared seahorse Southwest Pacific 4.4 OT 2001
Hippocampus kelloggi Great seahorse Indo-West Pacific 28 OT 1901
Hippocampus kuda Spotted seahorse Indo-Pacific 30 TL 1852
Hippocampus lichtensteinii Lichtenstein's Seahorse Western Indian Ocean 4 OT 1856
Hippocampus minotaur Bullneck seahorse Southwest Pacific 5 OT 1997
Hippocampus mohnikei Japanese seahorse Western Pacific 8 OT 1853
Hippocampus montebelloensis Monte Bello seahorse Eastern Indian Ocean 7.8 OT 2001
Hippocampus multispinus Northern spiny seahorse Western Central Pacific 14 OT 2001
Hippocampus paradoxus Paradoxical seahorse Eastern Indian Ocean 6.5 SL 2010
Hippocampus patagonicus Southwest Atlantic 2004
Hippocampus pontohi Pontoh's pygmy seahorse South East Asia 1.7 SL 2008
Hippocampus procerus High-crown seahorse Western Central Pacific 11 OT 2001
Hippocampus pusillus Pygmy thorny seahorse Western Pacific 2004
Hippocampus queenslandicus Queensland seahorse Western Central Pacific 11.6 OT 2001
Hippocampus reidi Longsnout seahorse Western Atlantic 17.5 OT 1933
Hippocampus satomiae Satomi's pygmy seahorse South East Asia 1.4 SL 2008
Hippocampus semispinosus Half-spined seahorse Western Central Pacific 18 OT 2001
Hippocampus sindonis Shiho's seahorse Northwest Pacific 10.8 SL 1901
Hippocampus spinosissimus Hedgehog seahorse Indo-Pacific 17.2 OT 1913
Hippocampus subelongatus West Australian seahorse Eastern Indian Ocean 20 OT 1873
Hippocampus suezensis Egyptian seahorse Western Indian Ocean 27.5 TL 1940
Hippocampus trimaculatus Longnose seahorse Indo-Pacific 22 TL 1814
Hippocampus tyro Western Indian Ocean 6.1 TL 2009
Hippocampus waleananus Walea pygmy seahorse Asia 1.8 SL 2009
Hippocampus whitei White's seahorse Southwest Pacific 13 OT 1855
Hippocampus zebra Zebra seahorse Western Central Pacific 8 OT 1964
Hippocampus zosterae Dwarf seahorse Western Atlantic 5 TL 1882
Histiogamphelus briggsii Briggs' pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 22.5 SL 1914
Histiogamphelus cristatus Macleay's crested pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 26.5 SL 1881
Hypselognathus horridus Prickly pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 27.3 SL 1982
Hypselognathus rostratus Knife-snouted pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 30.5 SL 1921
Ichthyocampus bikiniensis Western Central Pacific 1953
Ichthyocampus carce Indo-West Pacific 15 1822
Idiotropiscis australe Southern little pipehorse Eastern Indian Ocean 5.5 TL 1921
Idiotropiscis larsonae Helen's pygmy pipehorse Eastern Indian Ocean 1984
Idiotropiscis lumnitzeri Sydney's pygmy pipehorse Southwestern Pacific 5.5 TL 2004
Kaupus costatus Deepbody pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 12.9 SL 1921
Kimblaeus bassensis Trawl pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 16 SL 1980
Kyonemichthys rumengani Thread pipefish Indo-West Pacific 2.7 TL 2007
Leptoichthys fistularius Brushtail pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 63 SL 1853
Leptonotus blainvilleanus Deep-bodied pipefish Southeast Pacific and Sou 25 SL 1837
Leptonotus elevatus Pipefish Southwest Pacific 15.0 SL 1872
Leptonotus norae Longsnout pipefish Southwest Pacific 21.5 SL 1910
Lissocampus bannwarthi Western Indian Ocean 13.2 SL 1915
Lissocampus caudalis Smooth pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 10 SL 1921
Lissocampus fatiloquus Prophet's pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 7.9 SL 1943
Lissocampus filum Shortsnout pipefish Southwest Pacific 10.7 SL 1870
Lissocampus runa Javelin pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 9.4 SL 1931
Maroubra perserrata Sawtooth pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 7.2 SL 1948
Maroubra yasudai Orange pipefish Northwest Pacific 16.2 SL 1983
Micrognathus andersonii Shortnose pipefish Indo-Pacific 8.5 TL 1858
Micrognathus brevicorpus Western Pacific 7.3 SL 2004
Micrognathus brevirostris Thorntail pipefish Western Indian Ocean 67.5 SL 1838
Micrognathus crinitus Banded pipefish Western Atlantic 15 TL 1842
Micrognathus erugatus Southwest Atlantic 1974
Micrognathus micronotopterus Tidepool pipefish Western Pacific 5.7 SL 1938
Micrognathus natans Offshore pipefish Western Central Pacific 6 TL 1982
Micrognathus pygmaeus Thorntailed pipefish Pacific Ocean 6 TL 1981
Microphis aculeatus Africa 20 SL 1856
Microphis argulus Flat-nosed pipepfish Western Indian Ocean 15 SL 1855
Microphis brachyurus Short-tailed pipefish Asia and Oceania 22 SL 1854
Microphis brevidorsalis Stream pipefish Asia and Oceania 11.5 SL 1913
Microphis caudocarinatus Slender pipefish Asia 6.8 SL 1907
Microphis cruentus Dumbéa river pipefish Oceania 15.5 SL 1981
Microphis cuncalus Crocodile-tooth pipefish Asia 17.5 SL 1822
Microphis deocata Deocata pipefish Asia 15 SL 1822
Microphis dunckeri Asia 12 SL 1929
Microphis fluviatilis Freshwater pipefish Africa 21 TL 1852
Microphis leiaspis Barhead pipefish Africa 19 SL 1854
Microphis lineatus Opossum pipefish Western Atlantic 19.4 SL 1856
Microphis manadensis Menado pipefish Asia and Oceania 20 SL 1856
Microphis mento Asia 15 SL 1856
Microphis millepunctatus Shorttail pipefish Western Indian Ocean 22 TL 1856
Microphis ocellatus Asia 12.5 SL 1910
Microphis pleurostictus Asia 15 SL 1868
Microphis retzii Ragged-tail pipefish Asia and Oceania 14.5 SL 1856
Microphis spinachioides Spinach pipefish Oceania 15 SL 1915
Minyichthys brachyrhinus Eastern Indian Ocean 4.6 SL 1953
Minyichthys inusitatus Western Central Atlantic 1983
Minyichthys myersi Myer's pipefish Indo-West Pacific 6 TL 1972
Minyichthys sentus Eastern Atlantic 6 TL 1982
Mitotichthys meraculus Western crested pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 22.2 SL 1948
Mitotichthys mollisoni Mollison's pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 15.9 SL 1955
Mitotichthys semistriatus Half-banded pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 26.8 SL 1856
Mitotichthys tuckeri Tucker's pipefish Southwest Pacific 15.9 SL 1942
Nannocampus elegans Elegant pipefish Western Indian Ocean 12 TL 1953
Nannocampus lindemanensis Painted pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean and 1948
Nannocampus pictus Reef pipefish Indo-West Pacific 10 TL 1915
Nannocampus subosseus Bony-headed pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 9.1 SL 1870
Nannocampus weberi Reef-flat pipefish Western Central Pacific 10 TL 1915
Nerophis lumbriciformis Worm pipefish Eastern Atlantic 17 TL 1835
Nerophis maculatus Eastern Atlantic 30 TL 1810
Nerophis ophidion Straightnose pipefish Eastern Atlantic 30 TL 1758
Notiocampus ruber Red pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 16.4 SL 1886
Oostethus insularis Andaman pipefish Asia 1925
Oostethus jagorii Asia 16 SL 1868
Penetopteryx nanus Lost pipefish Western Central Atlantic 3.2 SL 1911
Penetopteryx taeniocephalus Oceanic pipefish Indo-Pacific 7.3 SL 1881
Phoxocampus belcheri Rock pipefish Indo-West Pacific 7.2 SL 1856
Phoxocampus diacanthus Spined pipefish Indo-Pacific 8.7 SL 1943
Phoxocampus tetrophthalmus Trunk-barred pipefish Western Central Pacific 8 TL 1858
Phycodurus eques Leafy seadragon Eastern Indian Ocean 35 TL 1865
Phyllopteryx dewysea Eastern Indian Ocean 25.9 TL 2015
Phyllopteryx taeniolatus Common seadragon Eastern Indian Ocean 46 TL 1804
Pseudophallus elcapitanensis Central America 18.5 SL 1914
Pseudophallus mindii Central and South America 16 SL 1923
Pseudophallus starksii Central and South America 17.6 SL 1895
Pugnaso curtirostris Pug-nosed pipefish Eastern Indian Ocean 18.2 SL 1872
Siokunichthys bentuviai Barred xenia-pipefish Western Indian Ocean 6.1 SL 1966
Siokunichthys breviceps Softcoral pipefish Western Indian Ocean 15 SL 1963
Siokunichthys herrei Herre’s pipefish Indo-West Pacific 7.6 SL 1953
Siokunichthys nigrolineatus Mushroom-coral pipefish Western Central Pacific 8 SL 1983
Siokunichthys southwelli Southwell's pipefish Western Indian Ocean 4.3 SL 1910



Other identification tools in FishBase


Quick Identification
Identification keys
Identification by morphometrics
Identification by pictures:
          If you already know the Family, go to Search FishBase, select Family and click on 'Identification by pictures' to display all available pictures in FishBase for the family.

          If you already know the Country, go to
Search FishBase, select Country and click on 'Identification by pictures' to display all available pictures in FishBase for the country.

          If you already know the Ecosystem, go to
Search FishBase, select Ecosystem and click on 'Identification by pictures' to display all available pictures in FishBase for the ecosystem.
cfm script by eagbayani, 30.11.04, ,  php script by cmilitante, 05/11/2010 ,  last modified by cmilitante, 14/03/2013