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Syngnathus fuscus (Northern pipefish)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The northern pipefish (Syngnathus fuscus) is a northwest Atlantic species of fish belonging to the family Syngnathidae.
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Migration [1]  Oceanodromous

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge VI 16363 Delaware, United States
Cape Cod National Seashore II 21724 Massachusetts, United States
Colonial National Historic Park National Historical Park V 9316 Virginia, United States
Gateway National Recreation Area V 1807 New Jersey, United States
Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct National Park II 4970 Nova Scotia, Canada

Prey / Diet

Ampithoe longimana[2]
Caprella penantis[2]
Erichsonella attenuata[3]
Gammarus annulatus[4]
Gammarus mucronatus[3]
Neomysis americana (Mysid shrimp)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alosa pseudoharengus (kyack)1
Amblyraja radiata (Starry ray)1
Ammodytes dubius (offshore sand lance)2
Anchoa hepsetus (Broad-striped anchovy)1
Brevoortia aurea (Brazilian menhaden)1
Brevoortia tyrannus (Shad)1
Centropristis striata (Sea bass)1
Cynoscion regalis (Weakfish)1
Cynoscion striatus (Striped weakfish)1
Fundulus heteroclitus (mummichog)1
Hippoglossina oblonga (Fourspot flounder)1
Larimus fasciatus (Banded drum)1
Leiostomus xanthurus (Spot croaker)1
Leucoraja erinacea (common skate)2
Limanda ferruginea (rusty flounder)1
Malacoraja senta (Smooth skate)1
Menticirrhus saxatilis (Northern kingfish)1
Merluccius bilinearis (Whiting)1
Micropogonias furnieri (Whitemouth drummer)1
Morone americana (Wreckfish)1
Mycteroperca microlepis (Velvet rockfish)2
Myoxocephalus aenaeus (Little sculpin)1
Paralichthys dentatus (fluke)1
Paralichthys orbignyanus1
Pomatomus saltatrix (Tailor run)1
Prionotus carolinus (Searobin)1
Prionotus evolans (Striped searobin)1
Pseudopleuronectes americanus (rough flounder)1
Scomber scombrus (Split)2
Scophthalmus aquosus (brill)2
Stenotomus chrysops (Scup)2
Urophycis chuss (Squirrel hake)1
Urophycis regia (Spotted hake)1


Leucophaeus atricilla (Laughing Gull)[5]


Parasitized by 
Bianium plicitum[6]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Minnesota Zoological Garden
Newport Aquarium
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Virginia Aquarium&Marine Science Ctr


Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Canada; Gulf of Mexico; Newfoundland-Labrador Shelf; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Scotian Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; USA (contiguous states); Western Atlantic: Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada to northeastern Florida in USA; also in northwestern Gulf of Mexico.;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Riede, Klaus (2004) Global Register of Migratory Species - from Global to Regional Scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. 330 pages + CD-ROM
2Trophic ecology of two congeneric pipefishes (Syngnathidae) of the lower York River, Virginia, Rogério L. Teixeira & John A. Musick, Environmental Biology of Fishes 43: 295-309, 1995.
3Feeding Ecology of the Northern Pipefish, Syngnathus fuscus,in a Seagrass Community of the Lower Chesapeake Bay, CLIFFORD H. RYER & ROBERT J. ORTH, Estuaries Vol 10, No. 4, p. 330-336 December 1987
4Food of Northwest Atlantic Fishes and Two Common Species of Squid, Ray E. Bowman, Charles E. Stillwell, William L. Michaels, and Marvin D. Grosslein, NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NE-155 (2000)
5del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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