2 Unknown pipefish



This little twiggy looking pipefish was spotted floating along with other grass bits in about 3 feet of water, north shore of St. John in the VI. It was about 1-2 inches long. Settled on the bottom for a bit, then floated off again.

The other was also on about 3 feet of water moving along the bottom through the rocks and rubble.

If anyone could steer me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it.


Barb-Just a snorkeler


the twiggy one is Cosmocampus brachycephalus Crested Pipefish, tiny with very short snout, stout body, parallel brown lines.

the second one is probably Halicampus crinitus the banded pipefish- often with colored irregular bars and a relatively short snout. 

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