Syngnathus pelagicus   Linnaeus,  1758 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 14.3 cm.

Color: Brown, with a faint silvery transverse bar on the trunkrings, on the tail a light transverse bar on each third ring, dorsal with rather broad, oblique brown bands.

Rather slender, trunk heptagonal, tail tetragonal. Rings transversely striated, their edges pronounced but smooth. Superior cristae of trunk and tail discontinuous, inferior cristae of trunk and tail continuous. Median cristae of trunk terminate at the end of last trunkring, the superior cristae of tail begin, a quite near them, on the first tailring, both are therefore subcontinuous. Head 6.6 in total length, about twice in trunk and one quarter longer than base of dorsal. Eye more than 6 times in head and about thrice in snout. Snout about equal to remaining part of head, somewhat compressed, with a median crest ending about in the middle of the concave interorbital space and with a lateral crest ending in ordital ring, which is prominent but smooth. Occiput somewhat concave but corrugated, praenuchal and nuchal shield corrugated and with a median keel. Operculum somewhat inflated with a short basal keel, whereof radiate numerous fine striae, their intervals punctured. Base of dorsal not elevated, caudal nearly twice as long as eye.

Synonym (s)
Syngnathus pelagicus Linnaeus, 1758
Syngnathus pelagicus Kaup, 1856
Syngnathus pelagicus Dumeril, 1870
Syngnathus pelagicus Gunther, 1870

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• East coast INDIA (Record: 1922)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1922) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 4 410 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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