Messmate Pipefish (Corythoichthys intestinalis)

Also known as Australian Banded Pipe, Australian Messmate Pipefish, Banded Messmate Pipefish, Banded Pipefish, Scribbled Pipefish, Waite's Pipefish

Description

Also known as Australian Banded Pipe, Australian Messmate Pipefish, Banded Messmate Pipefish, Banded Pipefish, Scribbled Pipefish, Waite's Pipefish.

Found in pairs or small schools over coral, rubble and sandy areas of shallow reef flats, lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on tiny swimming invertebrates which they suck whole into their mouths.
Length - 16cm
Depth - 3-60m
Widespread Western Central 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/Corythoichthys-intestinalis.html

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