Many-banded pipefish
  • Dunckerocampus multiannulatus
  • English Name : Many-banded pipefish
  • Local Name : Galhi kendi venu bandeyri Size : Max. 17.5 cm
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  • SYNGNATHIDAE Gasterosteiformes MRS/0243/88
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 20-23 rays. Pectoral fin with 18-22 rays. Trunk rings 16. Tail rings 19-20.
  • Colour: Numerous narrow brownish red bars present on body. 4-6 dark bands on opercle.
  • Habitat and Biology: Often found in caves, on the reef slope.
  • Distribution: Western Indian Ocean.
  • Remarks: Dunckerocampus multiannulatus is sometimes classified in the genus Doryrhamphus. It is fairly common in the Maldives, but easily overlooked by divers because it lives in small dark caves.