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Whiting

Whiting

Egg of small-spotted catshark

Egg of small-spotted catshark

Small-spotted catshark

Small-spotted catshark

Broadnosed pipefish

Broadnosed pipefish

Three-spined stickleback

Three-spined stickleback

Corkwing wrasse

Corkwing wrasse

European flounder

European flounder

European plaice

European plaice

Yarrell's blenny

Yarrell's blenny

Rock gunnel

Rock gunnel

Eelpout

Eelpout

Green crab

Green crab

Common starfish

Common starfish

Edible sea urchin

Edible sea urchin

Dahlia anemone

Dahlia anemone

Plumose sea anemone

Plumose sea anemone

Broadnosed pipefish

Broadnosed pipefish

Facts

LatinSyngnathus typhle
Size35 cm
FoodPlankton
HabitatAlong the coastline between seaweed and seagrass
IUCN

Least concern

LocationEastern Atlantic
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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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