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Audioguide 9

Audioguide 9

Common hermit crab

Common hermit crab

Plumose sea anemone

Plumose sea anemone

Broadnosed pipefish

Broadnosed pipefish


LatinSyngnathus typhle
Size35 cm
HabitatAlong the coastline between seaweed and seagrass

Least concern

LocationEastern Atlantic

Danish seahorses

The broadnosed pipefish is Denmark's answer to the seahorse. Just like the seahorse, the broadnosed pipefish lives among the seaweed in shallow water. Here they are well camouflaged with their long, thin bodies and colouring.

Dad is pregnant

The broadnosed pipefish is in the same family as the seahorse. In both kinds of fish the males watch the eggs and sit on them until they hatch. The female lays her eggs in a skin flap on the male's belly – a brood pouch. The eggs are incubated here over the course of 1 month. If there is any danger, the offspring retreat back into the brood pouch.

Size matters

The female is both larger and stronger than the male. A large female is popular with the males. Males have been known to kill the eggs and offspring in disappointment after becoming pregnant by a female considered to be too small.

Catch a broadnosed pipefish

The broadnosed pipefish is so slow moving that you can catch it with your hands. It is so well camouflaged that it has lost the ability to flee. Look for it in shallow water among the seaweed forests.

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