Brown-banded Pipefish (Corythoichthys amplexus)

Also known as Dark-barred Pipefish, Fijian-banded Pipefish, Red-banded Pipefish, White-faced Pipefish

Description

Also known as Dark-barred Pipefish, Fijian-banded Pipefish, Red-banded Pipefish, White-faced Pipefish.

Found singly, pairs or in groups over rock and sand areas of lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on tiny swimming invertebrates which they suck whole into their mouths.
Length - 10cm
Depth - 0-30m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Pipefish are like seahorses in that the male gives birth!
The female deposits their eggs after fertilisation into the males pouch located under their tail to incubate the eggs for one month before giving birth. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/6659

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