oa African Zoology - Contributions to the functional morphology of fishes. Part III. The feeding mechanism of Syngnathus acus Linnaeus

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Syngnathus acus, the pipe-fish, has a fairly wide distribution, being recorded from the west coast of South Africa and in the western Indian Ocean; its range extending as far as the West Indies. In European waters it is found in the Mediterranean and the East Atlantic (Smith 1949). It generally occurs in shallow waters, although one specimen has been dredged in sixty fathoms of water off Algoa Bay (Smith 1963). In South Africa it is often found in large numbers, in beds of Zostera-a common estuarine weed. The fish is particularly suited to this habitat, for its slim elongate body is camouflaged among the long threads of Zostera.

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