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I don't know much about pipefish. Are there many species in UK/Irish waters? What makes this one of mine a worm pipefish?
I'd like to be able to recognise the species in future.
..there are 6 varieties of pipefish in UK waters. Your pipefish has the colouration of nerophis and the stubby nose particularly evident in lumbriciformis. They are not the easiest things in the world to ID. The give away feature however is the fact that the worm pipefish has no tail fin. This probably makes it the easiest of the six to ID.
Thanks for this info. I wonder would I expect to see more worm pipefish than other species? Is it the most frequently encountered?
Cathal...I think they are far more common than we believe. They are incredibly placid when handled and so are completely still when disturbed - looking like bit's o' weed. I found mine with butterfish - get which one caught my eye first!
Chris's observation here http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/293890 says it well and mine, of a few weeks ago, (the only pipefish I ever knowingly seen) was happy to be squeezed and pushed into poses!
Thanks for the link Graham.
Aha - a male!
There's a 7th pipefish in uk Syngnathidae besides the 6 inH.& R., the snake pipefish Entelurus aequoreus ,see http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/scientific-resources/biodiversity... .
but none have the 'snub' nose of lumbriciformis.
[Any chance of persuading Paula ferris she has the right ID (lumbriciformis) at http://www.ispotnature.org/node/653477 ? ]
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