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Syngnathus carinatus (Gilbert, 1892)
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Syngnathus carinatus
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Syngnathus carinatus

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Main identification features
  • snout long
  • dorsal fin 40-46
  • green-brown + white edges of plates
  • anal fin 2-4
Dorsal rays 40-46; anal fin 2-4; pectoral rays 13-15; body rings 16-18 + 39-43; upper trunk and tail ridges discontinuous, lower ridges continuous; middle trunk ridge ends near anal ring; head length 7.1-8.6 in standard length; snout long, 1.6-1.8 in head length; male brood pouch under tail; body without skin flaps; tail fin large; operculum without ridges.

Green to brown, with white surrounding plates forming a chainlink pattern; operculum and pectoral base silvery.

Reaches 21 cm.

On sand bottoms

Depth 0-36m

Endemic to the upper Gulf of California

Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California); Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap).
Depth Range Max: 36 m.
Depth Range Min: 0 m.
Diet: zooplankton; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs).
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=32; Southern limit=29; Western limit=-115; Eastern limit=-112; Latitudinal range=3; Longitudinal range=3.
Egg Type: Brooded; Live birth; No pelagic larva; No pelagic phase.
Feeding Group: Carnivore; Planktivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: East Pacific endemic; TEP non-endemic; All species.
Habitat: Estuary; Beach; Sand & gravel; Soft bottom only; Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove).
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 21 cm.
Regional Endemism: Northern Gulf of California endemic; Continent only; Continent; Temperate Eastern Pacific, primarily; Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic; All species.
Residency: Vagrant.
Salinity: Marine; Brackish.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Findley, L.T., Hendrickx, M.E., Brusca, R.C., van der Heiden, A.M., Hastings, P.A., Torre, J., 2003., Diversidad de la Macrofauna Marina del Golfo de California, Mexico., CD-ROM versión 1.0. Projecto de la Macrofauna del Golfo .  Derechos reservados de los autores y Conservación Internacional.
  • Gilbert, C.H., 1892., Scientific results of explorations by the U. S. Fish Commission steamer "Albatross." 22. Descriptions of thirty-four new species of fishes collected in 1888 and 1889, principally among the Santa Barbara Islands and in the Gulf of California., Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus., 14:539-566.


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