Syngnathus fuscus  Storer, 1839

Northern pipefish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Syngnathiformes (Pipefishes and seahorses) > Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses) > Syngnathinae
Etymology: Syngnathus: Greek, syn, symphysis = grown together + Greek, gnathos = jaw (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal; amphidromous; depth range 5 - 366 m.   Subtropical, preferred ?; 50°N - 26°N

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Western Atlantic: Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada to northeastern Florida in USA; also in northwestern Gulf of Mexico.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 33.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6330); common length : 17.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6330)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits seagrass beds in bays and estuaries, but also enters fresh water (Ref. 7251). Resident in estuaries during spring through fall, migrates into near shore continental shelf waters during winter. Found in waters of 4-17 °C. Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205).

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Male carries the eggs in a brood pouch (Ref. 205).

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Lazzari, M.A. and K.W. Able, 1990. Northern pipefish, Syngnathus fuscus, occurrences over the Mid-Atlantic Bight continental shelf: evidence of seasonal migration. Environ. Biol. Fish. 27:177-185. (Ref. 6330)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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