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The Bay Pipefish
(Syngnathus leptorhynchus)
walrus
Description
They have a long, pencil-slim body and greenish color that mimic a swaying blade of eelgrass. Instead of scales, they have jointed, bonelike rings which encircle this fish's body. Pipefish have tiny dorsal, pectoral and tail fins that beat rapidly as the fish leisurely swim, usually in a vertical position. Pipefish steer by moving their heads from side to side. To eat, a hungry pipefish gets its tubular toothless mouth an inch or so away from its prey and slurps.
Dimensions
They grow from 12 to 14 inches.
Diet
They eat zooplankton and small crustaceans.
Habitat & Range
They are found in most of the world's oceans, but are more common in tropical waters, where they usually stay near coral reefs or other bottom surfaces. They are found from the West Coast of North America from Baja California, Mexico to Sitka, Alaska.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS NOT EVALUATED.

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