Doryichthys contiguus Kottelat, 2000
Doryichthys contiguus
photo by WWF / Vidthayanon, C.

Family:  Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses), subfamily: Syngnathinae
Max. size:  10.98 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Mekong basin in Laos, Thailand and Cambodia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 25-28. Lateral trunk ridges deflected downwards and continuous with inferior tail ridge; inferior trunk and tail ridges not confluent; 16-17 trunk rings; tail rings 25-27; total rings 41-44; snout length 1.9-2.1 times in head length; body dark brown, without conspicuous series of darker spots on or above lateral trunk ridge (Ref. 36949).
Biology:  Usually found in river stretches with slow current, among grasses, roots or shore vegetation (Ref. 43281). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 19 October 2016 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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