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Fish #107 Lesser Pipefish Syngnathus rostellatus ~ Hazel Owens
Lino print 29 x 20cm
Around the UK's shores, in shallow, sandy areas, amongst the sea weed and grasses you may find the Lesser Pipefish Syngnathus rostellatus. This green/brown relative of the seahorse has no scales, nor a crest on it's head. Instead they have bony plates along their bodies, and a dorsal, caudal and pectoral fins. They thrive in warmer waters, and breed in the spring/summer months. Just as with their relatives, the eggs are carried by the males until they can fend for themselves.
There are no current concerns for the population of the Lesser Pipefish, their population is affected somewhat by temperature changes and the salinity of the water they live in. They say that this fish has no commercial use, so there is minimal amount of data collected, however it seems that the Lesser Pipefish lives in relative peace as far as we know.
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