Ringed Pipefish (Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus)

Also known as Banded Pipefish, Flagtail Pipefish, Red-banded Pipefish, Yellow-banded Pipefish

Description

Also known as Banded Pipefish, Flagtail Pipefish, Red-banded Pipefish, Yellow-banded Pipefish.

Found singly, pairs or in small groups in caves, crevices, under ledges of lagoons, outer reef slopes and tidepools.
They feed by sucking tiny invertebrates into their mouths.
Length - 18cm
Depth - 1-56m
Widespread Indo-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: http://fishbase.mnhn.fr/Summary/SpeciesSummary.php?id=5972

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