Scribbled pipefish [Corythoichthys intestinalis]


Scribbled pipefishCorythoichthys intestinalis, is a pipefish of the genus Corythoichthys within the family Syngnathidae. The males carry the eggs inside a specific pouch until they hatch the eggs, however they are not themselves pregnant. The species live in the Indo-pacific waters. Max length : 16.0 cm. Climate / Range Tropical; 16°N – 23°S Environment Marine; reef-associated; depth range 20 – 68 m.

Biology Adults occur in shallow sandy or mixed sand, rubble, or coral areas of reef flats and lagoons, also sometimes on seaward reefs (Ref. 1602). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205). Males may be brooding at 6.5-7.0 cm SL.

 Pictures: Great Barrier Reef, Australia by Sami Salmenkivi


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