Teleostei (teleosts) > Syngnathiformes
(Pipefishes and seahorses) > Syngnathidae
(Pipefishes and seahorses) > Syngnathinae
Etymology: Festucalex: Latin, festuca = stalk, straw coloured (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Gilbert.
The species Festucalex amakusensis (Tomiyama ,1972) and Festucalex townsendi (Duncker, 1915) are considered as valid in Eschmeyer (CofF ver. Mar. 2011: Ref. 86697) following Kuiter (2009: Ref. 86771).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 18 - 81 m (Ref. 58302). Tropical
Indo-Pacific: Mozambique to Hawaii.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5316)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Reported to have been dredged in 80.5 m (Ref. 4281). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205). It is exported as an aquarium species from Hawaii.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Male carries the eggs in a brood pouch (Ref. 205).
Dawson, C.E., 1985. Indo-Pacific pipefishes (Red Sea to the Americas). The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA. (Ref. 5316)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
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