Many-banded Pipefish (Dunckerocampus multiannulatus)

Also known as Flagtail Pipefish, Many-bands Pipefish, Multi-banded Pipefish, Multi-bar Pipefish

Description

Also known as Flagtail Pipefish, Many-bands Pipefish, Multi-banded Pipefish, Multi-bar Pipefish.

Found singly or in pairs amongst corals in crevices and reef caves, often seen swimming upside down in cave ceilings.
They feed by sucking tiny invertebrates into their mouths.
Length - 19cm
Depth - 3-45cm
Widespread Western Indian Ocean

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: http://www.fishbase.se/summary/14286

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