Lesser Pipefish

Fact File:

Common Name(s):
Lesser Pipefish

Scientific Name:
Syngnathus rostellatus

Usual Size:
up to 18 centimetres

UK Record Weights from rod/line:



MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:


takes place in spring and summer, the male carries the eggs and young in a brood pouch until they are able enough to fend for themselves.

lives on sandy shores in shallow water.

Food: small crustaceans.

found as far north as the British Isles.

Additional Notes:

Similar to the Greater Pipefish but has no crest above the head.
The head has a long, thin, round snout with a small upturned mouth, the eyes are small and situated well back towards the gill covers. There is no crest above the head. The body is long and thin and covered with bony plates. Its colour is brown/green above, fading to cream below. The dorsal fin is situated half way along the body, and pelvics are situated below this. The caudal fin is fan-shaped, and small pectorals are situated behind the gills. No anal fin is present.

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