Cosmocampus investigatoris (Hora, 1926)
Investigator pipefish
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses), subfamily: Syngnathinae
Max. size:  7.15 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range 2 - 45 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Kuwait to Ko Samui Island, Gulf of Thailand.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 19-24; Anal soft rays: 2-4. Description: Characterized by brownish red color with about 12 diffuse greyish bars and about 20 white spots along edge of inferior trunk ridge; 10 caudal rings; rings 15 + 31 - 35; discontinuous superior trunk and tail ridges; straight lateral trunk ridge, ends near anal ring; continuous inferior trunk and tail ridge; entire median dorsal snout ridge elevated posteriorly; length of snout 2.5-3.1 in head length; depth of snout 2.0-3.0 in snout length; head length 7.9-10.4 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Some specimens have been taken in surface tow nets and with nightlight and dipnets; others taken in a dredge sample (Ref. 5316). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205). Found in sand, mud and coral bottoms in 2-45 m (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 27 August 2015 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 04.02.98
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 22.07.13

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