Gasterosteiformes

Eurypegasus_draconis_CCBYSA3.0

Little dragonfish (E. draconis).

The Gasterosteiformes are an order of fishes thought  to be closely related to the Syngnathiformes. Ranging globally throughout the tropical and temperate oceans and rivers, this group consists of the Aulorhynchidae (the tubesnout), the Gasterosteidae (the sticklebacks), the Hypoptychidae (the sandeels), Indostomidae (armoured sticklebacks) and the Pegasidae (seamoths).

Get to know these species better by clicking on their various profile links below!

IUCN Red List key: 

EX=Extinct EW=Extinct in the Wild CR=Critically Endangered EN=Endangered VU=Vulnerable NT=Near Threatened LC=Least Concern DD=Data Deficient NE=Not Evaluated

(Click here for a full explanation of IUCN Red List categories.)

A note on ‘Data Deficient’ species: Species that are assessed as Data Deficient are deemed to have insufficient information known about them to carry out a proper conservation assessment. Although such species are not assessed as threatened, we may find out that they in fact are, once enough data is obtained.

Pegasidae (Seamoths)

Photo Name (Authority) Common
Name(s)
Red List Status Profile Range
Pegasus_lancifer_JulianFinnCCBY Pegasus lancifer
(Kaup 1861)
Sculptured
seamoth
DD
(outdated)
logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl S. Australia
Pegasus_laternarius_Izuzuki_CCBYSA3.0 P. laternarius
(Cuvier 1816)
Brick
seamoth
VU
(outdated)
logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl Indo-West
Pacific
PegasusVolitans_AustralianNationalFishCollection_CCBY P. volitans
(Linnaeus 1758)
Longtail
seamoth
DD logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl Indo-West
Pacific
Eurypegasus_draconis_CCBYSA3.0 Eurypegasus draconis
(Linnaeus 1776)
Little
dragonfish
DD logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl Indian &
Pacific Oceans
Eurypegasus_papilio_JohnRandall_CCBYNC3.0 E. papilio
(Gilbert 1905)
Hawaiian
sea-moth fish
DD logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl Hawaiian
Islands

Gasterosteidae (Sticklebacks)

Photo Name (Authority) Common
Name(s)
Red List Status Profile Range
Apeltes_quadracus_cyric_CCBYNCSA3.0  Apeltes quadracus
(Mitchill, 1815)
Fourspine
stickleback
LC  logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl  NE Atlantic
 Culaea_inconstans_KentMiller_CCBYND Culaea inconstans
(Kirtland, 1840)
Brook
stickleback
LC >logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl Temperate N. America
 Gasterosteus_aculeatus_DonLoarie_CCBYNCSA3.0 Gasterosteus aculeatus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Three-spined stickleback LC >logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl Circum-Arctic
& Temperate
 g_crenobiontus G. crenobiontus
(Bacescu & Mayer, 1758)
Techirghiol stickleback EX >logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl Lake
Techirghiol,
Romania
h.waleananus G. wheatlandi
(Putnam, 1867)
Blackspotted stickleback NE logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl N. America
 Pungitius_bussei Pungitius bussei
(Warpachowski, 1888)
None NE logo_eolGBIFurl Amur River,
Russia
h.waleananus P. hellenicus
(Putnam, 1867)
Greek Ninespine stickleback CR >logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl Greece
h.waleananus P. platygaster
(Kessler, 1859)
Ukrainian
stickleback
LC “>logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl Eurasian
Freshwater
h.waleananus P. polyakovi
(Shedko, Shedko
& Pietsch, 2005)
None NE >logo_eolGBIFurl Sakhalin Island,
Russia
KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA P. pungitius
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Ninespine
stickleback
LC logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl Europe
& N. America
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA P. sinensis
(Guichenot, 1869)
Amur
stickleback
NE logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl E. Asia
h.waleananus P. stenurus
(Kessler, 1876)
None NE logo_eolGBIFurl NE Asia
Pungitius_tymensis_Opencage_CCBYSA P. tymensis
(Nikolskii, 1889)
Sakhalin
stickleback
NE logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl NE Asia
Spinachia_spinachia_Biopix_CCBYNC Spinachia spinachia
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Sea stickleback NE logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl Coastal Europe

Hypoptychidae (Sand Eels)

Photo Name (Authority) Common
Name (s)
Red List Status Profile Range
h.waleananus Aulichthys japonicus
(Brevoort, 1862)
Tubenose NE logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl Japan
H. dybowski Hypoptychus dybowskii
(Steindachner, 1880)
Korean
sandlance,
Japanese
sandlance
NE logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl NE Asia

Indostomidae

Photo Name (Authority) Common
Name(s)
Red List Status Profile Range
h.waleananus Indostomus crocodilus
(Britz & Kottelat, 1999)
Armoured
stickleback
VU >logo_eolGBIFurl Thailand
Indostomus_paradoxus_eric_CCBY I. paradoxus
(Prashad &
Mukerji, 1929)
Paradox fish LC >logo_eolGBIFurl SE Asia
Indostomus_spinosus_ChavalitVidthayanon I. spinosus
(Britz & Kottelat, 1999)
 None NE logo_eolGBIFurl NE Asia

Aulorhynchidae (Tube-snouts)

Photo Name (Authority) Common Name(s) Red List Status Profile Range
flavidus_CCBY-NC_DRossRobertson Aulorhynchus flavidus
(Gill 1861)
Tube-snout NE  logo_wikilogo_eolGBIFurl  NE Pacific

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