Distribution, reproduction and diet of the pelagic pipefish, Syngnathus schmidti, in the Black Sea

  • Gordina A
  • Oven L
  • Tkach A
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The pipefish was recorded in the western and southwestern Black Sea but did not occur in the shallow northwestern part of the Sea. In the open waters of the sea the pipefish was caught at depths of 0 to 100 m, the highest numbers taken from the upper 10 m layer. Spawning was observed in August-September. The fish is a batch spawner, each batch numbering an average of 100 eggs. Several females deposit their eggs into the brood chamber of one male therefore the males carry from 62 to 495 eggs, or eggs and fry at a time. The pipefish feed mainly on mass copepod species. They feed during the daylight time from 6 to 22 hours. AN: 2613738

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  • syngnathidae, pipefish, feeding, distribution, rep

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  • SGR: 0026379762
  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-0026379762
  • PUI: 23395211
  • ISSN: 00329452


  • A D Gordina

  • L S Oven

  • A V Tkach

  • T N Glimova

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