- Long, very skinny fish
- Green body
- Instead of scales, they have jointed, bonelike rings around their body
- Up to 13 inches long
- Females larger than males
- Sitka, Alaska to southern Baja California, Mexico
- Eelgrass (often they sway back and forth with the currents to camouflage with the eelgrass)
- Bays and sloughs
- Plankton and small crustaceans
- Brown smoothhounds, spotted sand bass, elegant terns
- Bay pipefish have no teeth. They eat by slurping up food through their tubelike mouth.
- A pipefish steers by moving its head side to side.
- Unlike most animals, a female pipefish courts the male. If the male accepts, the female deposits up to 721 eggs into a brooding pouch on the male, where he incubates the eggs for up to 6 weeks.
Sources: Wildcoast; Monterey Bay Aquarium; FishBase;
Photo: Rocio Gajon Bunker