Syngnathus carinatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Syngnathus carinatus
Species Authority: (Gilbert, 1892)
Taxonomic Notes: The Order for this Family has changed from Syngnathiformes to Gasterosteiformes (Nelson 2006)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2007-05-24
Assessor(s): Findley, L. & Acero, A.
Reviewer(s): Carpenter, K., Polidoro, B. & Livingstone, S. (Global Marine Species Assessment Team)
This species is restricted to the upper Gulf of California. It is a shallow water species that occurs in estuarine habitats that are increasingly disturbed by coastal development and aquaculture. However, very little is known about the population status of this species and the impact of current threats. It is therefore assessed as Data Deficient.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the upper Gulf of California.
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central
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Population [top]

Population: This species is not abundant. The number of Locations (areas near estuaries) is around 10.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is species is found on sand substrata, estuaries, beaches, and soft substrata (Findley pers. comm.). This species is found at depths to 36 m.
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species may be caught in shrimp trawls (Findley pers. comm.).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Coastal development such as marina construction and also from aquaculture development has caused much of the estuarine habitat of this species to be degraded (Findley pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in at least one Marine Protected Area with questionable enforcement (Findley pers. comm.).

Bibliography [top]

Breder, C.M. and Rosen, D.E. 1966. Modes of reproduction in fishes. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey.

Froese, R., Palomares, M. and Pauly, D. 2002. Estimation of life history key facts of fishes. Available at:

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.3). Available at: (Accessed: 2 September 2010).

IUCN and UNEP. 2014. The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA). Cambridge, UK Available at: .

Nelson, J.N. 2006. Fishes of the World. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York.

Robertson, D.R. and Allen, G.R. 2006. Shore fishes of the tropical eastern Pacific: an information system. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa, Panamá.

Citation: Findley, L. & Acero, A. 2010. Syngnathus carinatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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