Doryichthys boaja (Bleeker, 1850)
Doryichthys boaja
photo by Busson, F.

Family:  Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses), subfamily: Syngnathinae
Max. size:  41 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam. Records from China and Taiwan need confirmation and verification by additional collections.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 43-65. Conspicuous color pattern in life with alternating blue and brown bars; 22-24 trunk rings; 32-38 tail rings (Ref. 43281).
Biology:  Largest freshwater pipefish. Found in rivers and streams (Ref. 5316). Feeds on small crustaceans, worms and insects. Of little food value. Not seen in markets (Ref. 12693). 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: 25 June 2018 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 18.07.94
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 26.10.11
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 20.07.94

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