Greater Pipefish (Sygnathus Acus)

Latin name: Sygnathus acus
Common name: Greater pipefish
Other languages: D: Große Seenadel
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Syngnathus

Habitat: They are found in coastal waters on sandy and muddy bottoms, they are frequently seen in sea grass beds.

Reproduction: They breed May-Aug, with up to 400 incubating eggs hatching after 5 weeks. The young leave pouch at 25-35mm.

Size: Over 45cm long.

Shape: As their name implies, they grow long and thin with tube-like bodies. In this particular species, the length of the snout takes up more than half the head length, and there is a distinct lump on the head behind eyes.

Did you know: These are closely related to sea horses.

Protected under Gibraltar's Nature Protection Ordinance