Snake Pipefish

Entelurus aequoreus
Snake Pipefish

Habitat: Sandy and rocky sea bed amongst weed
Depth: 5-100m
Food: Small crustaceans, fish larvae
Length: Up to 60cm
Lifespan: Unkown
Conservation Status: Not Evaluated (NE)

Related to seahorses, the snake pipefish is found among seaweeds where it is well camouflaged. Slow moving, it ambushes passing shrimps and plankton, sucking prey in through the trumpet-like jaws. Male and female pipefish pair up at breeding time and the female attaches her eggs to a sticky mucus layer on the male’s belly. He then looks after the eggs until they hatch.

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