Species Profile and Threats Database

For information to assist proponents in referral, environmental assessments and compliance issues, refer to the Policy Statements and Guidelines (where available), the Conservation Advice (where available) or the Listing Advice (where available).
In addition, proponents and land managers should refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice (where available) for recovery, mitigation and conservation information.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed marine
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Policy Statements and Guidelines Marine bioregional plan for the North Marine Region (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC), 2012x) [Admin Guideline].
Marine bioregional plan for the North-west Marine Region (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC), 2012y) [Admin Guideline].
Seagrass - A Vulnerability Assessment for the Great Barrier Reef (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), 2011k) [Admin Guideline].
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
Declaration under section 248 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of Marine Species (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000c) [Legislative Instrument].
Scientific name Trachyrhamphus longirostris [66281]
Family Syngnathidae:Syngnathiformes:Actinopterygii:Chordata:Animalia
Species author Kaup, 1856
Infraspecies author  
Reference Kuiter, R.H. (2009) Seahorses and their relatives. Aquatic Photographics, 211
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

Illustrations Google Images

Marine bioregional plans have been developed for four of Australia's marine regions - South-west, North-west, North and Temperate East. Marine Bioregional Plans will help improve the way decisions are made under the EPBC Act, particularly in relation to the protection of marine biodiversity and the sustainable use of our oceans and their resources by our marine-based industries. Marine Bioregional Plans improve our understanding of Australia's oceans by presenting a consolidated picture of the biophysical characteristics and diversity of marine life. They describe the marine environment and conservation values of each marine region, set out broad biodiversity objectives, identify regional priorities and outline strategies and actions to address these priorities. Click here for more information about marine bioregional plans.

The long-nosed pipefish has been identified as a conservation value in the North (DSEWPaC 2012x) and North-west (DSEWPaC 2012y) marine regions. The "species group report card - bony fishes" for the North (DSEWPaC 2012x) and North-west (DSEWPaC 2012y) marine regions provide additional information.

No threats data available.

Australian Fish Collection Records (undated). Collation of records from Australian Fish Collections.

Dawson, C.E. (1982c). Review of the Indo-Pacific pipefish genus Trachyrhamphus (Syngnathidae). Micronesica. 18(2):163-191.

Dawson, C.E. (1985). Indo-Pacific Pipefishes (Red Sea to the Americas). Page(s) 230. Gulf Coast Research Lab., Mississippi, USA.

Dawson, C.E., F. Yasuda & C. Imai (1979). Elongate dermal appendages of Yozia (Syngnathidae) with remarks on Trachyrhamphus. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology. 25(4):244-250.

Gronell, A.M. (1983). Pipefishes - seahorses of a different sort. Tropical Fish Hobbyist. 31(11):26-32.

Kuiter, R.H. (1996). Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. Page(s) 434. New Holland, Frenchs Forest, NSW.

Kuiter, R.H. (2000). Seahorses, Pipefishes and Their Relatives. A Comprehensive Guide to Syngnathiformes. Page(s) 240. TMC Publishing, UK.

Larson, H.K. & R.S. Williams (1997). Darwin Harbour Fishes: A Survey and Annotated Checklist. In: Hanley, J.R., G. Caswell, D. Megirian and H.K. Larson, eds. Proceedings of the Sixth International Marine Biological Workshop. The marine flora and fauna of Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia. Page(s) 339-380. Museums & Art Gal. of NT & AMSA: Darwin, Australia.

Michael, S.W. (1998). Reef Fishes Volume 1. A Guide to Their Identification, Behaviour and Captive Care. Page(s) 624. Microcosm Ltd. Shellbourne, Vermont.

Paxton, J.R., D.F. Hoese, G.R. Allen & J.E. Hanley (1989). Pisces. In: Walton, D.W., ed. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. 7. Canberra: AGPS.

Smith, J.L.B. (1963). Fishes of the family Syngnathidae from the Red Sea and the Western Indian Ocean. Ichthyological Bulletin. 27:515-543.

Stobutzki, I., S. Blaber, D. Brewer, G. Fry, D. Heales, P. Jones, M. Miller, D. Milton, J. Salini, T. Van der Velde, Y-G. Wang, T. Wassenberg, M. Dredge, A. Courtney, K. Chilcott & S. Eayrs (2000). Ecological sustainability of bycatch and biodiversity in prawn trawl fisheries. Page(s) 512pp. Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.

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This database is designed to provide statutory, biological and ecological information on species and ecological communities, migratory species, marine species, and species and species products subject to international trade and commercial use protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). It has been compiled from a range of sources including listing advice, recovery plans, published literature and individual experts. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, no guarantee is given, nor responsibility taken, by the Commonwealth for its accuracy, currency or completeness. The Commonwealth does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in this database. The information contained in this database does not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth. This database is not intended to be a complete source of information on the matters it deals with. Individuals and organisations should consider all the available information, including that available from other sources, in deciding whether there is a need to make a referral or apply for a permit or exemption under the EPBC Act.

Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Trachyrhamphus longirostris in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:43:21 +1000.