Today I want to write about a cute little fish called Verco’s pipefish.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These strange little fish grow to about 10 cm long.
- Verco’s pipefish use their small snouts to catch plankton and small particles in the water.
- At breeding time, the males carry the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail.
- They are named after Sir James Verco, who was a South Australian doctor and conchologist, which means that he studied mollusc shells. He had a large collection of shells and studied the marine life of South Australian waters in the early 1900’s.
- Verco’s pipefish are found in seagrass in a very small area in the waters of South Australia near Kangaroo Island. They are considered vulnerable to extinction due the possibility of damage to their ecosystem.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Verco’s pipefish?