A group of young seahorses

Seahorses and pipefish

Seahorses, pipefish and seadragons fall under the family Syngnathidae. They all feed by sucking tiny invertebrates up into their snouts and the males brood the eggs in a pouch until they hatch out.

Scientific name: Syngnathidae

Rank: Family

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The Seahorses and pipefish can be found in a number of locations including: Great Barrier Reef. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

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The following habitats are found across the Seahorses and pipefish distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

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  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Bony fish
  5. Ray-finned fishes
  6. Syngnathiformes
  7. Seahorses and pipefish

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