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Male variation. This pipefish has short skin filaments on its snout, body and fins with jagged edges. Anecdotal evidence suggests that all ghost pipefish settles as males and later, with proper environmental or social cues some change into females. They are frequently found hovering head down among crinoids (and are well camouflaged here) and soft corals and feed primarily on crustaceans.
Hovering near the cockatoo waspfish by a mooring buoy on a flat sandy area