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  Ocellate Pipefish (Corythoichthys ocellatus)





Ocellate Pipefish | Corythoichthys ocellatus photo
Ocellate Pipefish

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OCELLATE PIPEFISH FACTS

Description
The Ocellate Pipefish is a long slender fish with orange spots and streaks on the body and tail. The snout is long and slender and it has a distinct tail.

Size
length to 12cm

Habitat
rubble patches of shallow sheltered reefs. depth range to 12 m

Breeding
Ovoviviparous. The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch under the tail.

Range
Western Central Pacific: Celebes and Philippines to Palau, the Solomon Islands, and Australia. In Australia it is known from the northern to southern Great Barrier Reef.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Syngnathiformes
Family:Syngnathidae
Genus:Corythoichthys
Species:ocellatus
Common Name:Ocellate Pipefish

Relatives in same Genus
  Schultz's Pipefish (C. schultzi)