Marine Biology

, Volume 151, Issue 1, pp 271–275 | Cite as

Off-shelf distribution of pelagic snake pipefish, Entelurus aequoreus (Linnaeus, 1758), west of the British Isles

  • Matthias H. F. KloppmannEmail author
  • Jens Ulleweit
Research Article


Pelagic snake pipefish, Entelurus aequoreus (Linnaeus, 1758), occurred regularly in plankton catches that were conducted in areas off the shelf during the German 2004 mackerel and horse mackerel egg survey. Out of a total of 196 plankton hauls 57 tows yielded 112 specimens of adult snake pipefish with a total length between 15.0 and 35.2 cm. A proportion of 56.3% were egg-carrying males. Also seven recently released juveniles were caught indicating that off shore reproduction in this species starts much earlier than in the inshore habitat.


British Isle Shelf Edge Marine Fish Species Length Frequency Distribution Oceanic Form 
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We thank Captain and crew of German FRV “Walther Herwig III” for their help during sampling. Susanne Schöling sorted the pipefish from the samples. Sakis Kroupis identified, sexed and measured all individuals. The manuscript benefited from critical but constructive comments of Christopher Zimmermann (IOR, Rostock) as well as of Bram Couperus and Cindy van Damme (IMARES, Ijmuiden), and of one anonymous referee.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für SeefischereiBundesforschungsanstalt für FischereiHamburgGermany

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