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Reeftop Pipefish

Corythoichthys haematopterus


Also known as Yellow-streaked Pipefish, Messmate Pipefish and Bloodspot Pipefish. Like its seahorse cousins, males carry the fertilized eggs to term. Males have a brood pouch under the tail. Its body is greenish with fine black longitudinal lines; the lines on its face are purplish, while the underside of the head and body is yellowish. Its tail is tipped with a tiny pinkish or reddish fan that's edged in white.


Reef-associated, commonly found at depths of 0 to 3m. Indo-Pacific distribution.


Spotted this pipefish during my safety stop, in about 4m of water at Angel's Cove, Talikud Island. It measured about 10cm long.

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Blogie 8 years ago

Thank you, sofi2!

Blogie 8 years ago

Thanks, jimmy76!

jimmy76 8 years ago

Nice Picture

Blogie 8 years ago

That's a very good description of it, Maria. :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Another amazing creature - looks like a combination of an eel and a seahorse. Your videos are great additions!

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Sep 1, 2012
Submitted on Sep 2, 2012

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