Dunckerocampus naia, a new pipefish (Pisces: Syngnathidae) from the Western Pacific

Gerald R. Allen and Rudie H. Kuiter

aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, pp. 1-6, Volume 9, Issue 1 – October 2004


A new species of pipefish, Dunckerocampus naia, is described on the basis of 2 specimens, 73.8-119.8 mm SL, collected from coral reefs at Fiji and north-eastern Kalimantan, Indonesia, at depths between 23-32 m. Underwater photographs indicate it also occurs at southern Japan, northern Sulawesi, Guam, and the Solomon Islands. It is easily confused with D. dactyliophorus from the western Pacific, which has a similar pattern of light and dark bars. However, it tends to have darker bars that lack the reddish hue of D. naia. Moreover, D. dactyliophorus has a bull’s eye-like pattern on the caudal fin, with a white central spot surrounded by a broad reddish ring and complete white margin. In contrast, the caudal of D. naia is mainly red, with a white margin confined to the upper and lowermost portions of the fin.

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