Most fish have scales however Banded
Pipefish do not. Instead, they have bony plates which
cover their body and protect them from enemies. For propulsion
they fan their fins very fast and glide through the water.
Banded Pipefish are very slow eaters as they
only have a small opening at their mouth. They eat small invertibrates
such as mosquito larva and brine shrimp. It will suck the food
into its mouth and swallow it whole because it has no teeth.