Russian Journal of Marine Biology

, Volume 39, Issue 5, pp 340–349 | Cite as

Interpopulation morphological variability of the viviparous pipefish Syngnathus acusimilis Günther, 1873 (Teleostei: Syngnathidae)

  • V. N. Ivankov
  • E. V. Ivankova
  • E. E. Borisovets
  • D. I. Vyshkvartsev


In viviparous fish, as is illustrated by the example of the pipefish Syngnathus acusimilis (Syngnathidae), unlike fish that spawn their eggs into the environment, there are virtually no differences between populations in meristic characters, which are formed during the embryonic and larval development. The absence of these differences is due to the stability of conditions, specifically temperature, during the egg incubation in the parental organism. The insignificant differences in the external morphology of the pipefish can also be associated with the presence of the bony plates that completely cover the fish body. The peculiarities of the structure and reproductive biology are not conducive to the ecological and geographical intraspecific differentiation of this fish.


pipefish viviparous intraspecific differentiation morphological variability ecology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. N. Ivankov
    • 1
  • E. V. Ivankova
    • 1
  • E. E. Borisovets
    • 1
    • 2
  • D. I. Vyshkvartsev
    • 3
  1. 1.Far Eastern Federal UniversityVladivostokRussia
  2. 2.Pacific Fisheries Research CenterVladivostokRussia
  3. 3.Zhirmunsky Institute of Marine BiologyFar East Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesVladivostokRussia

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