Gulf pipefish

Syngnathus scovelli

Family Syngnathidae - pipefishes

Distinguishing
Characteristics
Body elongate, thin, straight; head not at angle to body; snout tubular, short (<50% of head length); mouth small; tail not coiled, caudal fin present; color olive brown (females) to pale (males); body with armored plates forming rings around body; females with dark blotches forming dark or silvery vertical bars between back and belly, some vertical markings on posterior half of body; males without blotches, more mottled colored, paler than females; during the mating ritual the female may turn completely black and the male become pale yellow; females have a V-shaped belly, males have a flat belly; both with oblique dark line from eye to cheek; area under eye lighter colored; no pelvic or anal fins.
Similar Species
Gulf pipefish is distinguished by its short snout and its dorsal fin covers 2-4 trunk rings and 3-5 tail rings; both the chain and dusky pipefish have long snouts.
Habitat
Gulf and bay, sometimes enters freshwater, likes vegetated areas
Maximum Size
21 cm (8 .5 in)
Fin Element Counts
D. 27-36 (explain)
Other Common Names
Previous Scientific Names
Comments
As with all pipefishes and seahorse, the male carries and broods the eggs.
State size/bag limits