Syngnathus schmidti Popov, 1928
Syngnathus schmidti
photo by Pashkov, A.N.

Family:  Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses), subfamily: Syngnathinae
Max. size:  11 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic; freshwater; brackish; depth range 0 - 100 m
Distribution:  Europe: Black Sea, Sea of Azov and Sea of Marmara. Asia: Turkey.
Biology:  A pelagic species found near surface of water or in midwater in open sea (Ref. 126547). Feeds mainly on copepods, preferably Acartia clausi, Pseudocalanus elongatus, Oithona nana, and Pseudocalanus parvus (Ref. 10613). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 08 July 2013 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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