Halicampus boothae (Whitley, 1964)
Booth's pipefish
Halicampus boothae
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses), subfamily: Syngnathinae
Max. size:  17.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 30 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Comoro Islands. Western Pacific: Honshu in Japan, Lord Howe and Norfolk islands (Ref. 8879), Chesterfield Islands (Ref. 11897) and Fiji. Recently recorded from Tonga (Ref. 53797).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 18-24; Anal soft rays: 3-4. Rings:14+33-37.
Biology:  Inhabits rock or coral reef (Ref. 205). Benthic species (Ref. 75154). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 06 November 2015 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 08.02.95
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 18.01.17

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