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Worm pipefish

Observed: 22nd August 2012 By: Nick UptonNick Upton’s reputation in Fish
Worm pipefish (Nerophis lumbriciformis) well camouflaged amoong red and green algae including Coralweed (Corallina officinalis) and Sea lettuce (Ulva lactuca), near Falmouth, Cornwall, UK, August.
Description:

10cm green pipefish found lurking in a Cornish rockpool

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Comments

dejayM's picture

Green and southern

To prevert my Broad nose becoming likely I have added an agreement to Worm.
I'd be interested in second opinions
However WPf's are not normally green and I do believe this one has a broad snout. though shorter than it should be. It's hard to say because there is no detail on the flanks. However, Broad Snouts are a pretty Southern Species - see Other Observations.

Nick Upton's picture

Green form

I've usually seen them browner, but still think this is a worm pipefish as I don't the think the snout is as broad as a broad-nosed's would be based on images I've checked (though I've never knowingly seen one). There are several greener pics of "worm pipefish" out there which suggest they can be quite green, and this one from Guernsey shows a green from next to a brown. http://www.sealordphotography.net/Nature/Marine-life/Guernsey-marine-lif...

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.